Hammond High School was founded in 1866 as a public high school in Tangipahoa Parish. In 2011, Hammond High School was reconstituted as Hammond High Magnet School by the Tangipahoa Parish School Board. As a part of the reconstitution, Principal Chad Troxclair, IB coordinator Dr. Cherissa Vitter, and the teachers of HHMS began the application process offered by the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The original Diploma Programme implementation team consisted of: Chad Troxclair (HOS), Dr. Cherissa Vitter (IB Coordinator), Deirdra Disher (TOK Coordinator & ITGS), Michael Baiamonte (CAS Coordinator), Jessica Rushing (EE Coordinator & Literature), Beatriz Acosta (Spanish B), James "Wes" Jacocks (HOA), Michael Kyles (HOA), Zaklina Hutchinson (Biology), Lynda Bourg (Biology), Ben Perkins (Physics), Keith Edwards (Physics), and Lee "Tee" Wheeler (Math). While going through the implementation process, the school began offering the Pre-Diploma Programme (PDP) in grades 9-10 to help prepare students for the rigors of the Diploma Programme.
In February of 2013, a team of IB officials visited Hammond High Magnet to determine whether HHMS was prepared to become an IB school. The team examined prepared documents and interviewed administration, teachers, and students. On May 1, 2013, Hammond High Magnet School was officially authorized to offer the Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate. In May of 2014, Head of School Chad Troxclair left to work in the public sector, and Dr. Elizabeth Moulds was designated the Interim Principal for the 2014-2015 school year. Hammond High Magnet School saw its first IB students graduate in May of 2015. The first class to complete all requirements of the DP and graduate from Hammond High Magnet School consisted of 18 Full-Diploma and Certificate students.
Shortly after receiving authorization to offer the DP, Hammond High Magnet School began the application process for the newest program offered by the International Baccalaureate, the Career-Related Programme (CP). Hammond High Magnet School was authorized in June of 2015 to offer the Career-Related Programme.
At the start of 2015-2016 school year, Ms. Kristin Labruzzo joined Hammond High Magnet team as Principal/Head of School. Dr. Cherissa Vitter resigned from HHMS to begin her new journey developing an IB graduate certificate program at Southeastern Louisiana University. Shortly after Dr. Vitter's resignation, James "Wes" Jacocks was appointed the new IB Coordinator at Hammond High Magnet. The second class of IB students consisted of 24 Full-Diploma and Certificate IB students.
At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, Deirdra Disher Haase was appointed the IB Coordinator. Our IB Diploma Programme Cohort 3 will graduate in May 2017 with 22 members. These students continue to work toward their Diploma Programme Certificates and Full IB Diplomas.