Oliver Wendell Holmes High School
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|Oliver Wendell Holmes High School|
San Antonio, Texas, 78238
|School type||Public Secondary|
|School district||Northside Independent School District|
|Principal||Dennis Ann Strong (2007/11-)|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Enrollment||2,500 (2010-2011 est)|
|School color(s)||Green and Gold|
Oliver Wendell Holmes High School is a high school that is part of the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. It was established in the early 1960s, and is known for its circular architecture, in which several buildings are completely circular.
Holmes High School is also the parent school for Business Careers High School, a magnet school in NISD.
Areas served by the school 
Holmes serves around 1,500 students from grades 9-12 around various streets intersecting (and the subdivisions that reside on the same streets) Loop 410 in San Antonio. Another additional 600-700 students (grade levels 9-12) in Bexar County are served by Business Careers High School, the "sister" magnet school of Holmes. Business Careers counts their population as part of Holmes, therefore the total population of Holmes is around 2,500.
Attendance Zone Shift for 2007-2008 
During the 2006-2007 year, the Northside Board of Trustees changed the attendance zones of Earl Warren High School and Holmes, moving several neighborhoods from the Warren attendance zone to the Holmes attendance zone, to go into effect in 2007-2008. This will raise the number of students attending Holmes. The exact amount is unknown, but is expected to be around 200-400 students.
The Principal of Oliver Wendell Holmes High School is Dennis Ann Strong, whose first full year of service as Principal was 2007-2008. The Vice Principal is Craig Hejtmancik, whose first full year of service as Vice Principal was also 2007-2008.
TEA rating 
Holmes is currently rated by the Texas Education Agency as "Recognized". The TEA is the agency who rates schools based on the performance of the school on tests such as the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.
Programs offered 
Holmes offers athletic programs sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League. Holmes is currently classified as a 5A school, with a population nearing 2,500 students (1,900 is the minimum requirement for 5A status). Holmes also offers most of the Academic UIL events, including Social Studies, Science, Current Issues, One Act Play, Computer Science,Band,Computer Applications, Calculator Applications, Literary Criticism, various speaking competitive events, and various journalistic competitive events, AFJROTC drill teams and core/unit. Business Careers students compete as part of the Holmes teams. The school also has introduced a dual credit college program in conjunction with Northwest Vista College where eligible students may receive college credit.
In the 2007-2008 school year The Husky Band received a Division 1 at UIL during marching season for their performance "Sketches of Spain. The Husky Band received a Division 1 at UIL during the 2009-10 marching season for "The Quest." This was preceded by the band reaching the UIL state competition in 1999 under the direction of Dr. Abel Ramirez, as well as winning the 'Drums along the Medina' competition in that same year.
Academic Decathlon 
In 1994, the Holmes Academic Decathlon won its first State Championship, defeating perennial state championship power J. J. Pearce High School (located in Richardson, Texas). Holmes then advanced to the 1994 United States Academic Decathlon National competition, finishing third overall, behind William Howard Taft High School of Woodland Hills, California and Mountain View High School of Mesa, Arizona.
Notable People 
- Darold Williamson - Men's Track & Field, Gold Medalist and Anchor Leg, 2004 Summer Olympics, 1,600-meter relay; Baylor University/Big 12/NCAA multiple-year champion in 400 meters; fastest 400-meter time is 44.27 seconds;
- Cedric Griffin - Cornerback, NFL's Washington Redskins 2012–Present and Minnesota Vikings 2006–2012, 8 career interceptions, 15 forced fumbles and 1 TD; University of Texas' National Championship Team 2005; All-Big 12 in 2005;
- Anjanette Kirkland - Women's Track & Field, Gold Medalist, 2001 World Championships in Athletics, 100-meter Hurdles (12.42 seconds); Gold Medalist, 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships, 60-meter Hurdles (7.85 seconds);
- Keith Cash - Tight End, NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs 1991-96, 118 career receptions and 10 TDs;
- Kerry Cash - Tight End, NFL's Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders 1991-98, 132 career receptions and 9 TDs;
- Jennifer Gutierrez - Women's Triathlon, 2000 Summer Olympics, finished 13th;
- Brandon Larson - Third Baseman, Cincinnati Reds 2001-04; College World Series MVP for 1997 National Champion LSU, 8 career Major League Baseball home runs and 189 minor league homers;
See also 
- "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency.
- Academic Excellence Indicator System
- Darold Williamson USA Track & Field Biography
- Darold Williamson Olympic Profile
- Cedric Griffin NFL Player Biography
- Anjanette Kirkland USA Track & Field Biography
- Keith Cash NFL Player Biography
- Keith Cash NCAA Football Statistics
- Kerry Cash NFL Player Biography
- Kerry Cash NCAA Football Statistics
- Jennifer Gutierrez International Triathlon Union Biography
- Jennifer Gutierrez Olympic Profile
- Brandon Larson MLB Player Biography