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

On Friday, August 31, 2018, Holston High School Environmental Science students calculated discharge rates on the South Fork Holston River and toured the Damascus wastewater treatment plant as part of a unit on water resources. This class is a full project based learning (PBL) endeavor that is team taught by Aaron Napier and Steve Ahn. Students in this class are challenged to not be passengers in their learning, but to be actively involved in sculpting the direction of their education. Generally, students will learn background material and then develop a group project to extend the learning process. The projects often involve research and some sort of community outreach. This day is preparation for a future project on nitrate contamination in local freshwater. Funding for equipment shown was made possible by the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) at Virginia Tech and the NSF, special thanks to Washington County Service Authority and Cindy Freeman.



Post Date: Sep 5, 2018

As an end of the year incentive for a job well done, Holston Art Teacher Jessie Smith allowed her students to experience the colorful world of tie-dying.  Students were permitted to use the associated coloring materials to freehand designs on tee shirts, socks, and other articles of clothing.

The practice of using free hand dying methods to create colorful bold patterns on clothing began in the first decade of the 20th century.  The practice was relatively isolated until the 1960s when it was renamed tie-dye and became associated with the youth that came of age in that decade.  Musical artists such as John Lennon and Jimi Hendricks were photographed in colorful tie-dyed garments.  The students enjoyed the projects and the items they created---particularly shirts---will no doubt be seen in the hallways of Holston when school re-opens this fall.

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Post Date: Jul 17, 2018

From April 5th to April 7th, Holston High School junior Jenna G. attended the 2018 Virginia All-State Chorus event.  She was selected in February along with a few other District VII students to attend the prestigious event.  The proceeding was held in Richmond.  In preparation, she and the other chosen students took part in two and a half days of rehearsals with renowned guest conductors.  The culminating event was a concert on Saturday for the public, held in the beautiful Dominion Center for the Performing Arts.  It was a wonderful opportunity for students to sing in a very large choir that consisted of top high school talent from across the state.  Jenna said she especially appreciated getting to work with her choir’s guest conductor.

Holston High School’s faculty and staff congratulate Jenna on her selection and on her performance.  Her teacher, Mrs. Sue Spirup, also appreciates Jenna’s leadership and help with choral events.

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Post Date: Jul 9, 2018

Months of hard work came to a conclusion when Holston High School students put on their Spring Musical on March 23rd and 24th. Holston’s Chorus students began planning before the Christmas break and started practicing shortly after they returned in the second semester. 

Their hard work bore fruit which was manifest in the performance of Mary Poppins. The students discovered that the stage play is quite different from the Disney movie in many ways. There are songs in this version that are not in the movie, including the inspiring Anything Can Happen, and the poignant Being Mrs. Banks. The favorites are still in the stage version however, such as Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Jolly Holiday. Lead students in the play included Lauren W. as Mary Poppins, Jake S. as Bert, Jacob B. as Mr. Banks, Jenna G. as Mrs. Banks, Jessica L. as Miss Andrew, and Hanna D. as Mrs. Brill and the Bird Woman. Two students from Rhea Valley Elementary played lead roles as the Banks children – Zyleigh H. and Maryn M. For Lauren, the musical was the culminating event for her years of work with the Chorus.

The play came together beautifully, and audience members as well as staff agreed that all of the students performed exceptionally well in their roles. The Choral Department is appreciative of the donations of clothing and items used for props that were donated by the faculty and community members. Holston High School is very proud of these students for their talent, their dedication, and their incredible work ethic.

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Post Date: Jun 21, 2018

Pride A. has grown up farming.  He is among the last of the students in Washington County to have worked in the region’s once-abundant tobacco fields.  He has developed an aptitude for his chosen profession.  He has received numerous awards for his prowess and has recently been recognized by the Bristol Herald-Courier, which ran a feature article about him.

Pride, who served as a Future Farmers of America officer during his time at HHS, finished first in the state Tractor Driving Competition that was held in Harrisonburg, Virginia this Spring.  He will contend for national award in Springfield, Massachusetts in September.  He enhanced the skills he puts to use on his family’s farm by taking welding at the Washington County Career and Technical Center.  He uses his welding know-how to repair equipment.  His Agriculture and Horticulture teachers, Sarah Scyphers and Lawrence Cox, have come to rely on his leadership in their FFA organization and they have counted on him to mentor younger students.  He is the epitome of a young man with a positive attitude and a tremendous work ethic.

Holston congratulates Pride and wishes him well as he pursues his career.

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Post Date: Jun 19, 2018


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