Hamlin is an all girls independent K-8 school in San Francisco, California. We are the oldest non-sectarian school for girls in the western United States, serving approximately 440 students from dozens of zip codes throughout the Bay Area.
Our school was founded over a century ago by Sarah Dix Hamlin, a visionary woman who was one of the first female graduates of the University of Michigan, a world traveler, suffragette, and fierce advocate for women’s rights. Sarah was determined to afford young women the educational opportunities which had previously only been available to young men, and to educate them to “meet the challenges of their time.” In 1896 she realized her dream by purchasing the Van Ness Seminary, which was officially renamed Miss Hamlin’s School for Girls in 1898.
After a few relocations, the Great Earthquake of 1906, and Sarah’s death in 1923, the school moved to its current location at 2120 Broadway in 1928. Over the years Hamlin has seen a number of changes (i.e. transitioning from a boarding school to a day school; transitioning to a co-ed high school for almost a decade then back to a K-8 girls school; the addition of a Lower School building on Vallejo Street in 1961; and now, the opening of a newly transformed Lower School building in 2022!), but our mission of excellence in education for girls remains the same. Sarah Dix Hamlin’s pioneering spirit continues to infuse the school as our girls are taught to voice their ideas, questions, and opinions and to use their critical and creative thinking skills to transform their communities.