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 is privileged to have acquired the services of four exceptional new teachers for the 2017-18 school year.  They are:  Physical Education teacher Jason Southworth, Art teacher Jessie Smith, Learning Lab teacher Zach Fleenor, and French teacher Erinn Linkous.

Mr. Southworth, a native of Mechanicsville, VA, attended Virginia Intermont College on a basketball scholarship.  After graduating in 2007, he taught at Tazewell Elementary for five years before moving on to the Minnick School in Wytheville for a year.  He will be coaching the golf team at Holston. 

Art teacher Ms. Smith, a native of Chilhowie, attended Emory and Henry College.  Prior to graduating in 2016, she student taught at HHS.  In the year since she graduated, she has worked as a substitute teacher and for Family Preservation Services.   In addition to teaching, she will serve as the volleyball team’s assistant coach.

Mr. Fleenor, who will be in charge of the learning lab, attended UVA Wise on a football scholarship.  After graduating in 2015, he spent a year teaching the driving component of Driver’s Education at John Battle.  A talented athlete, he will serve as head wrestling coach and assist with football and baseball.

French Teacher Ms. Linkous attended King University, graduating in 2007.  She has since worked with student ministries in the area.  The Abingdon native will split her teaching responsibilities between Holston and Patrick Henry.

These young, talented educators will provide HHS and its students with the ingredients for success.  Holston’s faculty and staff welcome them and wish them the best as they launch their careers with Washington County Schools.


Post Date: Aug 17, 2017

Holston High School is proud to announce that on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Holston High School senior Alysha H. signed with the Emory & Henry College Band. She was joined by her family and friends, as well as Emory Director Dr. Matthew Frederick for the event. Alysha will be pursuing a degree in clarinet performance while at Emory & Henry. Best wishes to Alysha as she continues her music education at E&H.


Post Date: Jun 20, 2017

Holston's Lady Cav softball team clinched the Region 1A West Championship on Thursday, June 1st, beating Patrick Henry 3 to 2 at Emory & Henry.  The Lady Cavs will advance to the state semi-finals and will play Luray High School on Friday, June 9th, at 10:00 a.m. on the campus of Virginia Tech.  Congrats Lady Cavs!


Post Date: Jun 5, 2017

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


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