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

Holston High School’s Future Business Leaders of America Club visited the Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday, March 9th.  Students had the opportunity to see what it takes to run a large racing facility. Mr. David Baldwin gave the students an inside tour of the track, finish line, drag way, and even a great panoramic view of the track from the Bristol Club suite.  While at the Speedway, students saw how much work is put into just one event.  For example, the staff was already painting and setting up for the April race!  Mr. Baldwin also showed the students where the NASCAR drivers and the media stay on the grounds while at the Speedway.  The bus also went down the drag way and arrived just in time to see five deer run across the end of the strip.  Luckily, there were not any cars traveling through at over 300 mph at the time.

Students were asked for comments on their tour.  Junior Sierra M. learned that, “Colossus, the jumbo screen in the center of the track weighs over 700 tons.”  Another junior, Jacob V. found out that, “The price to rent skyboxes can go as high as $125,000” and he plans on reserving one or two suites for a future race.  Junior Leah C. said that, “It was a great learning experience for any one going into a business related field of any size.”  The FBLA would like to thank BMS and Mr. Baldwin for their hospitality in making this industry visit an enjoyable and successful event.


Post Date: Mar 21, 2017
On Saturday, March 11th, the Earth Science and Geology students from Holston High School attended the 3rd Annual Clinch River Youth Summit in Lebanon. While they were there, the students learned about determining water quality, protecting riparian buffers, determining pollination cycles, and conducting sustainable agriculture. The focus of the summit was Southwestern Virginia waterways. There was a special emphasis placed on the Clinch River Watershed, which is believed to be the second most bio-diverse river waterway in the world. The Clinch River begins in Tazewell County and eventually joins the Tennessee River in Kingston, Tennessee---just below Knoxville. The Holston River, which flows near HHS, is part of the Holston River Watershed.

In addition to learning about the river and its tributaries, the students learned about careers associated with local conservation, as well as internships that could lead to associated jobs. In order to help others learn about conservation and the Clinch River, students made learning modules that could be used to teach elementary school students what they had learned. Teacher Aaron Napier arranged and led the trip.

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Post Date: Mar 16, 2017

On Saturday, February 25, 2017 Holston High School junior Diana S. travelled to James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA to audition for the All-State Band and Orchestra. Diana met eligibility for this honor by her ranking at All-District Auditions in December of this year. She was one of 32 bassoonists to audition at the state level. She also participated in the Emory & Henry Bands All-State Prep Day to better prepare for the audition process. Both the Cavalier Band and Holston High School are very proud of her for this achievement.


Post Date: Mar 6, 2017

Junior Hayden L., a third year wrestler at Holston High School, acquitted herself well at the State Wrestling Finals in Salem, Virginia. Hayden, who wrestles in the 105 lb. weight class, fought her way to a 5th place finish. With an impressive 35-17 record for the year, her statistics served notice that she was a force to be taken seriously.

The state tournament was held on February 17th and 18th at the Civic Center in Salem, Virginia. Along with Hayden, Coach Tyler Whitt took 138 lb. competitor Sean L. and 220 lb. contender Jacob J. Sean and Jacob, both seniors, have enjoyed successful careers during their time at Holston High School. Making it all the way to the state tournament was a testament to their years of hard work. Congratulations to these scholar-athletes and their coach.


Post Date: Feb 21, 2017

Holston High School has established itself as a major donor hub for blood donations. On Monday, January 16, 2017, the Future Business Leaders of America sponsored the spring blood drive. Student volunteers and donors were treated to breakfast that morning. FBLA students and many other students and faculty stepped up to give blood. In keeping with their usual practice, the bloodmobile staff showed appreciation to the donors by giving them snacks, soft drinks, and a commemorative tee shirt. Any individual over the age of 15 could donate as long as they had parent permission. In total, there were 40 units collected. Each unit has the potential to serve 3 individuals. This means that the Holston effort could affect as many as 120 people who need blood.

Volunteers included senior Brianna V. and junior Summer C. Together they said: "Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something..Donate Blood". Sophomore Lizzie G. thought that, "Donating was really, really neat."

The FBLA would like to thank all those who again made the blood drive a success. Holston appreciates the bloodmobile and its staff, the FBLA, and teacher Sammy Campbell for coordinating the event.

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Post Date: Feb 9, 2017


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