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

Social Studies Teacher Julie Matlock was recently selected as the 2017-18 Secondary Teacher of the Year for Washington County.  The recognition was well deserved as she has worked tirelessly to serve the needs of her students.  Julie came to the teaching profession after trying her hand as a paralegal.  She began at HHS in the spring of 2014 as a long-term substitute and SOL tutor.  Her dedication was immediately evident and she was chosen as a full-time teacher for the 2014-15 school year.

Julie’s teaching practices embody the county’s dictum that “Failure is not an option.”  She makes frequent contact with the parents of students who are struggling or have fallen behind.  She remains in her classroom up to three evenings a week offering tutoring and make-up opportunities.  She often tutors during her lunch and planning period as well.  She keeps a positive attitude and conducts student centered classes.  Typically, her classes begin with a recap of the previous day’s lesson.  She then uses visual media to help introduce the current topic.  Finally, she has students participate in a practical exercise that helps them understand the lesson’s concept. 

Julie received her BA in History from UVA Wise.  She moved on to Eastern Kentucky University to earn her Masters in History.  She entered teaching through the “Career Switcher” program.  Her husband Jason serves as a principal in the Bristol, Virginia Public Schools.  They are the parents of two sons, ages 5 and 2.

Holston’s faculty and staff congratulate Julie on her award and appreciate her dedication to the students.

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Post Date: Jan 9, 2018

HHS students Tommy G., Leah C., and Linsey C. were chosen as representatives on the East Team in the 9th Annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star football game held at Emory & Henry College's Fred Selfe Stadium on Saturday, December 16, 2017.  Approximately 100 football players and cheerleaders from schools all over Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee came together to share fellowship and their love of the game.  Congratulations to all of the student-athletes who represented their schools in this game.


Post Date: Dec 18, 2017

Congratulations to the following HHS Chorus students:  Jenna G., Lilly H., Lauren W., Deanna A., Jacob B., and Jake S..  These six auditioned in November at Chilhowie HS, and were selected for the 2018 Sr. All-District Chorus.  They were chosen from over 300 students that auditioned.  They will get to attend the event in February that will be held in Abingdon.  Congratulations on their hard work.


Post Date: Dec 11, 2017

On November 7, Holston FFA members traveled to Powhatan, VA, to participate in the State Soils Evaluation Career Development Event. The team in the Junior Division placed 1st with Stacy D. being the top individual and Bethany S. placed 3rd individually.  The other members of the Junior Team were Sam A., Nick D. and Cortlyn K.  The team competing in the Senior Division placed 2nd.  Baylee T. placed 2nd and Kate C. placed 3rd individually.  Additional senior team members were Logan B.,  Maddie M., and Hunter T.   The Soils Evaluation CDE prepares students for careers in the soils fields.  Students have to identify different type of soil textures in topsoil and subsoil, evaluate drainage, slope, and land use.  Congraulations to the Soils Teams and their sponsors!

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Post Date: Dec 1, 2017

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, the Holston High School Marching Cavaliers traveled to Salem, VA to compete in the Virginia Marching Band Championships. The event is an annual state-wide marching band competition. The Marching Cavaliers competed in Class A against other bands from across the Commonwealth including larger localities such as Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Richmond, and Northern Virginia. When results were announced, the Cavaliers received the award for 4th place among all Virginia’s Class A schools.  In addition, the Cavs came in 16th Place among all Virginia bands, regardless of band classification. The band looks forward to returning to the Championship competition next year with an eye toward ranking even higher.  Holston’s faculty and staff congratulate the band and its director, Mr. Logan Childress.

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Post Date: Nov 17, 2017


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