There is nothing to do in Hamden but go to the Plaza. The Plaza is a barren wasteland. Most kids who graduate from Hamden go on to state schools and somehow end up back in Hamden for all of eternity. Hamden has 3 or 4 streets...Whitney, Dixwell, Shepard, and Skiff. The cops are jerks, but as long as they stay out of the north end of town I have no problem with them. The part of Hamden that borders New Haven is atrocious, you risk your life by driving through there past sundown. Hamden is also the home of Sacred Heart Academy, let's not go there (I just vomitted a little in my mouth). Hamden is run by a bunch of fools, mostly people with high school diplomas and nothing else. Youth sports is a great way to watch Hamden's future athletes mature and go to Notre Dame of West Haven (if they can afford it). If kids stay in Hamden they end up playing football at U-Wisconsin and then get arrested for drug possesion, not drafted, and move back to "H-Town" as Hamden is commonly called by the douche bags who live here. Hamden is basically as normal and mediocre as it gets...possibly the cause for all the drama the other author described.
Hamden's town motto - 'We strive for mediocrity.'
"Let's go for a hike to see the castle on Sleeping Giant and enjoy the views of Whitney Avenue."
Has many different elementary schools, but one middle school and one public high school. Has a few private schools, including Sacred Heart, Hamden Hall, and West Woods Christian Academy. The students of Sacred Heart are hated by most of the town. Hamden Hall is extremely expensive. Barely anybody knows about West Woods Christian Academy, but is made up of mostly ignorant prejudice white people from Cheshire, Prospect, and Naugatuck.(why they drive so far for school, will never be understood.) Middle school is when all the young kids from different areas of town are forced to start to coexist, and start to be exposed to sex and drugs. The high school is attended by many New Haven kids who pretend theyre from Hamden to get in. Some Hamden kids hate them. Is known for its hockey team and lacrosse team. Is made fun of for its sucky basketball and football team. Has horrible and not enough guidance counselors, and often has racist administrators. Currently has a new principal who is black and very laid back. The school has many fights for a mostly white school, and students smoke pot in some of the bathrooms. Many security guards, some very strict, some unable to enforce anything. A good high school for everybody, because no group of teenagers preside over everything, the way rich kids do in a suburb school or hood kids do in a ghetto school. A high school that's good for absolutely any type of person from any anyplace; although there are many racist people, they don't do or say anything. Many interracial couples walking down the halls. Has many different groups of people, including kids from the ville or other ghetto areas, average black and white kids from lower class suburbs, white kids from the richer part of town who try to be preppy, hispanics, hispanics and arabs who for some reason are friends, and kids who are into emo and/or anime scenes, which includes many bisexuals. Some of these groups are friends with each other, or in between/other, many get along, and most pretend that they get along. Young people from Hamden are often hated and called ghetto by most young people from towns around it, including Cheshire, North Haven, East Haven, West Haven, and Milford. Is sometimes called "H-Town" by the young people. Has three state parks, Sleeping giant, west rock, and east rock.
7. there are more black people in your town than cigarette butts on the sidewalks
16. you've been kicked out of the plaza, multiple times.
17.you've started shit at the north haven movie theaters.
18. public skate had more middle schoolers than the middle school.
18. you have no idea why people go to the mall just to hang out.
19. people won't talk to you because of the fact that you're from hamden.
25. going to the space makes you hardcore.
35. you hate every other town, and every other town hates you.
37. you know you're trash, and you're content with it.
38. you're better off telling people you live in new haven.
39. you don't get scared when you go to new haven.
40. you hear the phrase "shit happens" at least 20 times a week.
41. your highschool has more combat than world war 2.
43. you don't understand why other states think people from connecticut are smart and rich.
45. bomb threats don't make you nervous.
46. you can go to an event with six other towns, and hamden would be the only town to fight.
47. you know we'd be fighting each other.
51. there are 500 different fast food places, and one health food store that hardly anyone knows about.
61. you know of people with actual names like princess or octavia.
64. bassett park was the most fun park ever.
66. when there's a sub in your school that everyone calls bill cosby cause no one knows his real name.
67. when teachers answer to MISS! or MR.!
71. when you walk down the hall and see ripped out weave just chillen on the floor."
"if you spent your summers at the green dragon camp and remember going to lake quassapaug on field trips
if basset field used to feel like fenway park or yankee staduim when you were 11,
if youve been partying in downtown new haven since you were 15,
if you went miles away to college and your hearts still somewhere between whitney and dixwell, then you, are one of us."
Then there is the high school where there is everything imaginable. Ya got the preps, gangsters, wiggers (white people wanting to be black), goths, emo kids wanting to kill themselves, the pot heads, special ed kids, jocks, hispanics, cheerleaders that everyone pretty much hates, the amazing dance team, the hockey players, and yeah.. we have transvestites. If you are white, and not popular you will find it very scary walking down the hallways and do NOT look at the black girls wrong, just watch for that. Smoking goes on in the bathroom and all the people smell like smoke in the classrooms but the teachers seems oblivious to everything. The only sport that really exists is the hockey team and maybe the football team, even though they kind of suck and there are the occasional gun shots at the games.
Sports are not one of Hamden's finest or you can cinsider not a lot of the kids athletic. You usually only get onto a team if your mom or dad is the coach. Hamden preppy kids wear Hollister like it is their life because it is the cheap form of Abercrombie & Fitch which maybe only 20% of the people in the town can afford. The side of town near New Haven, just stay away at night, you may get shot.
We have two main catholic schools, St. Rita's (Retards) and St. Stephen's (Stupids). The St Rita kids all come out of that school messed up and become future man whores or sluts. St stephen kids come out having no friends or life. The kids coming out of this school either go to HHS or if they can afford it.. Notre Dame of West Haven or Sacred Heart Academy. SHA is what most people call it and you can consider those girls the "hoe's on the hill." No one likes them and the only people that like the school are the ones that go there. They think they are the shit.
Quinnipiac is also part of hamden and you will find about 4 accidents a week in the paper with those kids drunk driving or having too loud of parties and they are pretty much taking over Hamden.
A lot of people comsider this H-Town because they want to sound ghetto.
You have the North end of hamden that is filled with a bunch of rich crackers that think they are the shit and walk around the halls of Hamden High wearing there Hollister and AE clothes. Then you have the South end of hamden. Now, its not as bad as people make it seem. Yeah, you have the drug dealers and yeah, the majority of the people living there are black or hispanic. But that dosent mean anything. If you know people, then your fine. But if your white and from the North end... dont bother coming unless your planning on spending money on drugs.
Hamden High itself is a huge Salade bowl. NOT a melting pot by far. If you walk into the lunch room you can see the seperate tables for Blacks, White, Hispanics, and the Asians. Most of the administrators are racist and the security guards dont do ANYTHING. If your a senior then you pretty much can do what you want, but if your a freshman... stay in your place... please.
For all the future graduates of Hamden High School a little advice, go to college! If you dont, then you are most likley going to be living there for the rest of your life! Get out while you can. I know i am.
Oh Yeah, One more thing... H-town is a gay name. =)
Despite everyone from other towns looking down on the schools, many H-Townies love their school. It is a school where everyone has a place. Kids from New Haven try to go there and often are looked down upon and are the source of fights and other brawl. Most kids from Hamden plan to move far away after high school, but always end up attending a public state university and then ending up right back in Hamden raising children who say the same thing.
Private schooler: Such a typical kid from Hamden.
Queshawn: "Who are those girls? I've never seen them 'round the Glen before."
Boshai: "They must go to those private schools. They'd be better off living in a hood like Greenwich, not a dumpy town like Hamden."
overall it's a great town to live in. Once you live in Hamden from the start when you were a baby and make it through either 3rd-12th grade you're officially a Hamden Dragon always in your heart.
Daughter: It was amazing! It's a huge school/ campus.
It's even bigger than others for example NHMS. Everyone was nice to me. I even made 35 new friends today!
Mom: WOW that must be a really great school to go to! I wish I could have gone there when I was your age.