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

The VHSL State Outdoor Track Meet was held June 2nd and 3rd at East Rockingham High School in Elkton, Virginia, and runners from Holston (along with Coach Nathan Magstadt) performed well during the two-day event.  The boys 4x800 Relay Team (J. Keith, T. Segraves, M. Johnson, M. Harrison) finished 7th.  The girls 4x100 Relay Team (K. Roark, A. Johnson, B. Gregory, E. Proffitt) finished 10th.  The girls 4x400 Team (K. Roark, A. Johnson, R. Harrison, M. Wolfe) finished 12th, and R. Harrison finished 5th in the girls 300m Hurdles.  Congratulations to all of the Holston athletes who competed in the State Outdoor Track Meet.

Post Date: Jun 5, 2017

Years of hard work and dedication have paid off for HHS’s Travis Gray.  On March 31, 2017, he was named the 1A/ 2A High School Athletic Director of the Year.  His selection was announced at the 45th Annual Awards Ceremony for the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators’ Association. Gray was named the school’s athletic director on a part-time basis in 2009 and assumed the duties full-time in 2012.  He served as the school’s head basketball coach from 2004 to 2012 and was the assistant varsity baseball coach from 2004 to 2008.  During his college years, he played baseball for the Emory and Henry Wasps.  After earning his Bachelor’s degree from E&H in 1999, he added a MA in Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 2007.  He completed his Masters in Administration from Radford University this spring.

Some of his proudest achievements include hosting 10 conference athletic tournaments, 3 regional tournaments, and 1 state tournament.  HHS hosted the State Golf Tournament in 2013.  Incidentally, HHS golfers won the state tournament that same year.  Under his direction, the Holston athletic program has received both the Claudia Dotson Sportsmanship Award and the “Stay in the Game” Award for 4 consecutive years (2012-16).  The former award is given to a school that demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship throughout an entire school year.  The latter award is given to schools who have no player or coaches ejected from a game during a year.

The faculty and staff of Holston High School salute Mr. Gray on his well-deserved award.

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Post Date: May 24, 2017

For the fifth consecutive year, Holston High School has been recognized as one of the top 100 best W!SE high schools in personal finance education.  In addition the school was also presented the Silver Anniversary Cup recognizing Holston as one of the highest performing schools in the nation for the last five years. 

w!se created the 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance to recognize schools of excellence in its national network of participants in the Financial Literacy Certification program. This award winning program provides schools with the curriculum and resources to support their personal finance instruction and to measure students’ financial literacy when they take w!se’s Financial Literacy Certification Test. Students passing the Test become Certified Financially Literate™ a nationally recognized credential.

The “100 Best” ranking is the first and only national ranking in the field of personal finance education and is determined based on the average Certification Test score from each school with consideration given to the number of test takers and the socio-economic background of the students at each school.

Congratulations to our Business Department - Mrs. Joy Munsey and Mr. Sam Campbell.

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Post Date: May 3, 2017

On March 24-25, 11th and 12th grade GATE students and dual enrollment U.S. History students enjoyed a whirlwind trip including three college campus visits and a tour of Monticello.  Students were given guided tours at Radford University and Virginia Tech including their residence halls and classroom and dining facilities.  The following day students were privileged to receive a 3 hour guided tour of Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, made possible through the Charles Angel scholarship fund.  After leaving Monticello, students were able to experience Thomas Jefferson's vision for learning by a trip to the historic part of the University of Virginia's campus including the Rotunda and the Lawn.



Post Date: Apr 3, 2017

Dakota T., whose talents have helped make the Holston High School baseball program a success for the last four years, will wear the colors of the Milligan College Buffaloes next year. According to his coach, John Thacker, Dakota has played all the positions on the baseball diamond during his time at HHS. He was Holston’s offensive leader last season with a .393 batting average. While Dakota is primarily a catcher, he will also be the second starter in the pitching rotation this season. He has already scored a win for the Cavs on the mound.

The signing took place on March 23, 2017. Along with his mother and father and family members, Coach Thacker, Milligan Coaches Nathan Meade and Steve McMillan, and his baseball teammates celebrated the occasion. Dakota plans to pursue a degree in Exercise Science and become a certified athletic trainer. The faculty and staff of Holston High School appreciate Dakota’s contributions to the school and its athletic programs and congratulate him as he takes on his new role.

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Post Date: Mar 27, 2017


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