Holt High School (Michigan)

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Holt High School
Address
5885 Holt Rd.
Holt, Michigan, USA
Coordinates 42°38′17″N 84°34′33″W / 42.63806°N 84.57583°W / 42.63806; -84.57583Coordinates: 42°38′17″N 84°34′33″W / 42.63806°N 84.57583°W / 42.63806; -84.57583
Information
School type public high school
School district Holt-Dimondale Public Schools
Principal Brian Templin[1]
Vice principal Ann Coe,
Chris Billingslea[1]
Chief custodian Carter Cartin
Faculty 86[1]
Grades 911
Enrollment 1845
Number of students 1845[2]
Grade 9 495[3]
Grade 10 438[3]
Grade 11 402[3]
Grade 12 510
Student to teacher ratio 19:1[2]
Campus size 40 acres (16 ha)[1]
School color(s) Brown gold
Slogan "We Care, We Learn, We Grow"
Sports Wrestling, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Baseball, Track/Field, Lacrosse, Softball.
Mascot Ram[1]
Team name Rams[1]
Rival Grand Ledge High School
Average ACT scores 20[2]
Newspaper 'Ramparts[1]
Yearbook 'Rampages[1]
Website

Holt High School is a public high school serving grades 911 in Holt, Michigan, United States. It is one of two high schools in the Holt-Dimondale Public Schools district.

Campus[edit]

A modern two story building on a 40-acre (160,000 m2) campus houses grades 10 through 12, with Brian Templin serving as the school's principal. The 9th Grade is housed in a separate 9th Grade Campus. The high school includes 11 Computer Labs, an Internet/research center, computers with Internet access in each classroom, building wide broadcasting capabilities, a Performing Arts complex with an 850-seat theater and comprehensive on-grounds athletic facilities. Outside the school there is a large Football Stadium, Baseball field and a Cross Country course that are used often in sporting events throughout the year. The building is the largest one in the Holt School District, however, the administration of the District reside across the street in a separated "Ninth Grade Campus."

Holt high spring 2008.jpg

An image showing the front of the building, taken in the spring of 2008 for the Yearbook.

The building is expansive, consisting of two floors and a basement. The building is renowned for its cleanliness and elegance, which are due to the fact that it was only recently constructed in 2003. The School Cafeteria is located in the middle of the building, juxtaposed to the Auditorium, and two lunch periods are held each day.

Holt High Cafeteria.jpg

The Cafeteria of Holt High School is located in the direct middle of the establishment.

The Margaret Livensparger Theater is used to host many activities in the school such as talent shows, graduations, and plays. It's two level seating is accessible on the second story on either side of the foyer.

The library in the school is named after a former student, "John C. Chi", who died shortly after graduation in 1975, but was noted for both academic and athletic achievements. The library is equipped with thousands of books and a fleet of computers available in conjunction with those of the Computer Labs. The Library plays host to Parent-Teacher Conferences every Trimester.

Holt High library.jpg The library of Holt High School.

The Computer Labs in Holt High School.

Holt High Comp.jpg One of the School's computer labs.

Adjacent to the Cafeteria is a "School Store", operated by students enrolled in certain Business courses. It sells snacks as well as clothing pertaining to school spirit.

Holt High School store.jpg

Holt's School Store is located in the cafeteria.

History and Culture[edit]

Holt High School was originally located in the current "Junior High", which now contains grades 7 through 8. After the new building was completed, Holt High School was moved to its current location, which enjoys modern luxuries unheard of at the previous location. More space is available, and technology is more widely found. It was during the 2003-2004 school year that these changes took place. The move was controversial in some circles as it drastically increased the District's debt, but because the economy was still mostly going well at the time, such concerns were widely ignored.

Compared to many other nearby High Schools Holt High School has a far higher standard of safety and education than most Public Schools in Central Michigan, resulting in many "School of Choice" students migrating to the District.

Holt High School has a wide variety of sports, clubs and activities for students to participate in.

Bands[edit]

One notable aspect of the school is its renowned Marching Band, a versatile collection of students with instrumentations including brass, woodwinds, and a 16 member drumline (2013). A number of sections in the band have gone on to compete as a smaller unit themselves in addition to the rest of the band during festival season. Holt has competed in competitions at Grand Ledge and Owosso, and the Band plays in Football Games in the Fall. After the Football season, the band splits into Concert Band and Symphonic Band. In 2009 and 2010, Symphonic Band earned overall 1's in District Festival for the first time. Two other bands exist in Holt as well, the Jazz and Pit Bands. The Pit Band plays backing music in plays.

Curriculum[edit]

The school offers a variety of courses, including AP and honors level classes in several subject areas:[1]

  • Business
  • English
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Math
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Special Education
  • Studio Art
  • World Languages

The student-teacher ratio is 19:1, average for the state.[2]

The school also offers innovative programs:[1]

  • Community-based experiences
  • Geo/CAD (Geometry and Computer Aided Drawing)
  • Integrated English and American History blocks
  • School-To-Work Mentorships and Internships
  • Senior Individualized Investigations and Exhibition

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Clubs and organizations[edit]

  • Academic
  • Cultural
    • French (Français) club
    • German (Deutsch) club
    • International club
    • Spanish (Español) club
  • Fine Arts
    • Art Club (studio art)
    • Choir
    • Jazz Band
    • Marching Band
      • Color Guard
      • Winter Guard
    • Symphonic Band
    • Theater
  • Service
    • "H-Town",
    • The Looning Looners
    • Student-Managed School Store
  • Other
    • NHS
    • Peer Assisted Listeners (PALs)
    • Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD)
    • Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU)
    • Anime club
    • Chess club
    • Gay-Straight Alliance
    • Asian Club

Sports[edit]

The school fields 23 varsity athletic teams and competes in interscholastic sports in the Capital Area Activities Conference:[1] Holt High School's team nickname is 'The Rams'. The team colors are brown and gold. The team used to be named the 'The Ramblers' but was shorted to 'The Rams' at an unknown time

  • Fall sports
    • Boys cross-country
    • Girls cross-country
    • Equestrian
    • Football
    • Girls golf
    • Boys soccer
    • Girls swimming
    • Boys tennis
    • Girls volleyball
    • Boys water polo
  • Winter sports
    • Boys basketball
    • Bowling
    • Dance
    • Gymnastics
    • Hockey
    • Boys swimming
    • Wrestling
    • Girls basketball
  • Spring sports
    • Baseball
    • Boys golf
    • Boys lacrosse
    • Girls lacrosse
    • Girls soccer
    • Softball
    • Girls tennis
    • Track and field
    • Girls Water Polo

Holt has won a total of 8 state championships in the sports of Girls Gymnastics (2007), Boys Basketball (2005), Wrestling (1971, 1996, 1997, 2008), Girls Track and Field (1976), and Girls Bowling (2010).

They have also been State Runners-Up on 5 different occasions in the sports: Boys Cross Country (1979), Boys Soccer (2009), Football (1998, 1971), and Wrestling (2009).

Performance[edit]

In 2008, students' ACT scores exceeded the state averages.[2] In 2007, the school's scores on the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) and Michigan Educational Assessment Program High School Test (MEAP HST) tests exceeded the state averages in all test areas.[2]

Holt High School students won the Michigan Poetry Out Loud competition in 2006 and 2007.[4]

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