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

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

The Holston FFA Chapter placed 2nd in the Virginia State Parliamentary Procedure Leadership Development Event on Saturday March 18, 2012.  The six student team traveled to Turner Ashby High School and competed against eight of the most competitive FFA chapters in Virginia. Parliamentary Procedure is one of the most challenging competitions in the FFA which takes more preparation than any other and is often referred to as the “Super Bowl” of Career Development Events.  The Virginia FFA Parliamentary Procedure event tests students' ability to effectively communicate ideas and to think critically to solve a problem during business a meeting. Components included a general knowledge exam of parliamentary law, a ten minute demonstration of parliamentary procedure, and oral questions. By placing 2nd the Holston FFA has the opportunity to represent Virginia at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts this September. 

Team members were: Allie C., Morgan T., Maggie B., Marissa P., Morgan K., and Trayton M. with Coach Lawrence Cox. 


Post Date: Mar 22, 2017

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


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