Holliston High School

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Holliston High School
Pride, honor and service[1]
370 Hollis Street
Holliston, MA, USA
Established 1831
Superintendent Bradford L. Jackson Ed.D
Principal Nicole Bottomley
Assistant principals Marc Bender
Anne Connoni
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 854
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Red and White          
Athletics conference MIAA
Mascot Panthers
Accreditation NEASC
Average SAT scores 546 verbal
577 math
549 writing (2010)[2]
Newspaper The Vision
Yearbook The Mt. Hollis
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Holliston High School athletic field

Holliston High School is the public secondary school serving Holliston, Massachusetts. As of 2010, the school enrolled 854 students.[3] The current interim principal is Nicole Bottomley. Holliston has some of the brightest students and faculty in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. MCAS, ACT, and SAT scores of Holliston High School students are consistently well above both state and national averages.[citation needed]


The first class to graduate from HHS consisted of 9 students in 1868. Their mascot was the Mt. Hollis hogs. The first high school was the Walker high school, built on the site of the Mt. Hollis Seminary (The Cutler School was later built on its charred remains).[citation needed] To accommodate the growing population a new school was built in 1957 near the Flagg Middle School, now known as Adams Middle School.[citation needed] The current school building on Hollis Street opened in September 1969. The mascot has been changed to the Panthers.


Holliston High has a small campus a half-mile away from downtown Holliston. It consists of a large building containing an auditorium, field house, and lab spaces. HHS athletic fields include a baseball diamond, softball diamond, football field that seats over 1,000, and large practice fields. The field house is home to the HHS volleyball and basketball teams as well as the winter track and wrestling teams.


Holliston has a regular curriculum for a school of its size. Its departments are: Mathematics and Business, Science and Technology, English, Social Studies, Foreign Language, and The Arts. It teaches Spanish, French, Latin, and Mandarin Chinese as foreign languages, and offers musical, drama, and studio arts. HHS offers over ten advanced placement courses as well as numerous honors, CPI, and CPII level courses.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Holliston High School offers many different extracurricular activities. Fall Sports include: boys & girls Cross country, boys & girls Soccer, Cheerleading, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, and volleyball; winter sports include: boys & girls basketball, boys & girls track, ice hockey, Swim & Dive, and wrestling; spring sports include: boys & girls lacrosse, boys & girls tennis, boys & girls track, Baseball, Softball, and Ultimate. As for their records, all teams have done well, and done poorly. The current athletic director is Mr. Craig Najarian, the mascot is the panther . [1] In addition to sports, HHS has many clubs and activities. They have a fall pep band, a year round concert band, an audition jazz band, a concert chorus, and an audition chorus; in addition to these clubs, the drama club also hosts a fall musical and a spring play, in addition to taking part in Globe Fest competition. Other clubs include: Art Club, Best Buddies, Environmental Club, ENIGMA Literary Magazine, model UN, NHS, peer leaders, Student Advisory Council, Student Council, French Club, GSA Club (Gay-Straight Alliance), Students Against Destructive Decisions, N.E.R.D. club and a FIRST Robotics team. [2].


Holliston High School has a well-respected athletics program. All teams compete in the Tri-Valley League. In 2009 and 2010, the Football team took the Tri-Valley league championship and went all the way to the Super Bowl. In 2010, the team won the MIAA Division III-A Super Bowl. In 2011, the Wrestling team took the Tri-Valley league champion title as well.

Notable alumni[edit]


History gathered from print sources of the Holliston Library

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