Principal's Message

KHonaker.jpg Dear Holston High School Community,

I would like to welcome all of you to our Holston High School family.  I say family because most of the students that we teach have parents and grandparents who attended this very school. The Holston community is a proud, strong community full of history and tradition.  I am honored to be a part of that pride, strength and tradition serving as Principal of Holston High School.

With over 50 years of experience and tradition, our Vision—“enabling each student to achieve their highest academic, social, and physical potential in order to become responsible and productive citizens” guides and inspires our faculty and staff to achieve excellence in teaching and learning.  

We appreciate and embrace the opportunity to serve your students.  We encourage you to become an active participant in your student’s educational journey!  I thank all of you for your continued support and for your commitment to the students that we serve.


Kendra D. Addison
Holston High School

Latest News

Auditions were held on Monday, September 12th at John Battle High School for the Highlands Honors Choir.  The honors choir---formerly known as the All-County Chorus---was made up of a select group of singers chosen from the county’s four high schools.  Fifteen HHS students auditioned and twelve made the cut as choir members or alternates. 

HHS selectees include: Alexis T., Ryland H., Kenna T., Jenna G., Lauren W., Laura W., Kiana J., Deanna A., Connor B., Gibson M., Jake S., and Jacob B.  These students will attend a culminating event on October 11, 2016 at Virginia High School.  The day of the event, they will arrive early, rehearse with guest clinicians, and present an evening concert to the public.  Congratulations to these hard-working, talented singers and their maestro, Mrs. Sue Spirup.

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Post Date: Sep 30, 2016

Here is the 2016-2017 Supply List.  We look forward to seeing you in August!

 HHS Supply List 16-17.pdf



Post Date: Jul 31, 2016

Several HHS students have been busy contributing to the school and the community at large.  Four of those students are Mia A., Seth W., Jacob J. and Anna-Blake W.

Mia volunteered for a three week mission trip to Tanzania last summer.  While she was there, she worked with children, distributed health kits, and gave out Bibles to those who were interested in receiving them.  Mia’s actions had a great impact, as Tanzania is one of the poorest nations on earth.

Seth has been accepted as an apprentice to a senior pastor at his church for the purpose of eventually receiving ordination as a minister.  Seth will attend Graham Bible College in Bristol upon graduation and will enroll in seminary classes after that.  He is doing outreach work with the organization called Cowboys for Christ.

Anna-Blake has a long-running interest in ballet.  She was cast as Clara in Theater Bristol’s play “The Nutcracker”.  Taking part in the play demanded lots of dedication, as rehearsals began in September for the eventual performances in December.  She has been involved in other productions, including “A Christmas Carol” and “Sleeping Beauty”.  She will also have a role in “Aladdin”, which premieres in May.

Jacob has applied himself as a scholar and has been selected to the Crooked Road All-Conference Scholastic Bowl Team.  The Scholastic Bowl is a competition wherein students from participating schools answer general knowledge questions about a myriad of subjects.  In order to qualify for the conference team, students had to be in the top six with regard to the number of questions they correctly answered.  Jacob made the cut and amazes people with his ability to recall answers to a broad spectrum of questions.

Holston’s faculty, staff, and students salute these students and their accomplishments.


Post Date: Mar 31, 2016

Two of Holston’s students were selected to attend the 2016 All-VA Chorus.  Jamie A. and Ashelyn W. auditioned on February 20th, at the Sr. All-District Chorus event, and were picked to be part of this prestigious choir.  Both students have been very busy musically this year.  They both were selected and attended the All-County event in October held at Holston HS, and the All-District event held this last weekend at George Wythe HS in Wythe Co.  The All State Chorus will be held in Virginia Beach on April 28th through 30th.  The culminating event will be a concert on Saturday, April 30th at 1:00 PM.

Both Ashelyn and Jamie are seniors this year, and they have been part of Holston’s band and choir all through middle school and high school.  Ashelyn will be attending Emory and Henry College next year.  She has received a scholarship, and plans to go into music education.  Jamie plans to attend VHCC, and then transfer to ETSU.  He would like to go into some aspect of the entertainment industry, probably either in music or film.  Holston High would like to congratulate these two talented students, and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.


Post Date: Mar 31, 2016

The Holston FFA chapter in Damascus, Virginia has been awarded $2,500 as part of the FFA: Food For All program. The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs.

The Holston FFA plans to help fight hunger by building six raised beds to start a community garden. Students in the Horticulture classes at Holston High School will be constructing the raised beds and the surrounding landscape. Students will be cultivating vegetables crops where all of the food harvested will be donated to the soup kitchen at Feeding America Southwest Virginia located in Abingdon, Virginia. One goal of this project is to help FFA members learn the importance of community service and the value of helping those in need. Every student that participates in the after school portion of this project will be able to count the hours towards the community service requirement of the Washington County Community Scholars and FFA degree programs.

The FFA: Food For All Grants are sponsored by Donaldson Foundation, Elanco, Land O’Lakes, Nationwide Foundation, Nutra Blend, Sealed Air, Tractor Supply Company and Tyson as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The program provided nearly $360,000 to FFA chapters in 40 states and the Virgin Islands. In addition, the FFA: Food For All grant program is part of the National FFA Organization’s Hunger Home platform. More information about the program can be found at


Post Date: Feb 29, 2016


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