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Nee chosen for Hamilton Alumnus Award

Graduate Robert Nee Ph.D., from the class of 1981, has been named Hamilton High School’s 2023 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient. He will be honored at the October 5 Homecoming Pep Rally.

While a student at Hamilton, Dr. Nee was named Valedictorian of his graduating class and Scholastic Athlete of the Year. He ran track and cross country all four years of high school and was a member of the National Honor Society. He also played trumpet in the Hamilton concert, marching and pep bands.

Dr. Nee graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. He went on to study at the University of South Australia where he earned a Masters in Applied Science in Physiotherapy and eventually earned his Doctorate in Philosophy in Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland.

Dr. Nee is a leader in the world of physical therapy research. He is currently a Department of Physical Therapy Professor at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. He has been a licensed physical therapist since 1986 and has contributed significantly to international journals and presentations.

“Hamilton is excited to celebrate Dr. Robert Nee as our Distinguished Alumnus. In his personal message to students, he encouraged students to take advantage of the opportunities at Hamilton because they contribute to character development and future success,” said Hamilton High School Principal Rebecca Newcomer. “He also told our students to find a path in life that could be pursued with passion, have the courage to take risks and have the work ethic to persevere through challenges. If our students can take his advice to heart, they will indeed find happiness and success as they make their way through Hamilton and beyond. Congratulations to Dr. Nee! We are proud to call him a Hamilton Alumnus.”

A Hamilton Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient is selected every year from community submissions. This tradition dates back to 1989. Submissions are currently being accepted for the 2024 Hamilton High School Distinguished Alumnus Award. Submission forms are due December 31, 2023 and can be found on the school district website.