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

Beginning Monday, February 11, 2019, Holston High School, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Education, will take part in the annual School Safety Audit program.  The purpose of this survey is to measure school discipline, student support, student engagement, and safety conditions in each school.  This information will be used to guide educational practices that produce a safe and orderly school environment.

Please click the link below for more information and to view the letter that was sent to parents via email on Friday, February 1, 2019.

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Post Date: Feb 4, 2019

Approximately 34% of Holston High School students made all As the first semester!  Congratulations!

Post Date: Jan 28, 2019

FBLA Club Visits ETSU Campus

On Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, a group of FBLA club members toured the campus of ETSU in Johnson City, TN. They were able to see a variety of the halls and residences on campus, as well as other facilities that ETSU students are able to use freely. The tour guides, current students at the university, were very helpful.  They were able to talk to our members about personal college life experiences and answer all student questions.

When asked for a comment on visiting the campus, Senior Amanda O. (who had never been inside of the mini-dome before) said that she really liked going inside the facility.  It was also noted by the ETSU tour leader that the mini-dome serves as one of the premier training facilities for the Olympics.  Fellow senior, Nathan M., stated that he though the library was nice and that it was neat that the top floor was silent for students who were studying.  Ashley J., a junior in the HHS FBLA added that, “It was nice to see the campus while learning about classes and class schedules.”

It was also interesting to students that there was a University School on campus for grades (K-12).  Students are allowed to attend that school through a lottery system.  Despite the windy weather, our FBLA members thought it was a great opportunity to see a beautiful campus that is  close to home.

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Post Date: Jan 25, 2019

On Monday, January 14, 2019, Holston High School will welcome to our facility a service dog for one of our students.  The dog has been trained to provide support services for the student, is current on all vaccinations, and has been given a clean bill of health from a veterinarian.  A set of brief guidelines has been sent to parents and students.  Policies regarding service animals in the education setting can be accessed in the Code of Virginia (§ 51.5-44) and in the Washington County Public School Policy Manual (KKA).

Post Date: Jan 11, 2019

Recently, Holston High School 4-H members volunteered at the Washington and Smyth counties 4-H Reality Store and Career Explore program held on November 20th at the SWVA Higher Education Center.   More than 950 eighth grade students took part in the two-day event.  The 4-H Reality Store and Career Explore program is sponsored by the United Way of Southwest Virginia.  Reality Store is a life-like simulation where students are given a job and a salary.  They are challenged to navigate 19 “LIFE STATIONS” representing monthly expenses a family would face.  They are challenged to live within their means and balance spending on needs and wants.  Students must make decisions about buying cars, groceries, insurance, housing and much more.  The most eye-opening experience is paying taxes on their income to Uncle Sam.  Also, students have the responsibility for getting childcare and the costs of raising children.  Overall this experience taught many valuable life lessons to a variety of students in a fun and unique way. A quote by Freshman Briana B. said, “It was an awesome experience and it will help kids have a new outlook on life.” Jordan L. said about the Reality store, “I had a fun time working with the kids!” Junior leader Ashley J. responded to the question by saying, “The reality store not only taught the kids about the real world but it also taught us teens, we now realize how stressful it actually is to do basic daily jobs, and that is a great experience to have.”


Post Date: Dec 13, 2018


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