Holliston High School

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Holliston High School
370 Hollis Street
Holliston, MA
Type Public
Open enrollment[1]
Motto Pride, honor and service[3]
Established 1831
Superintendent Bradford L. Jackson Ed.D
Principal Nicole Bottomley
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 854
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Red and White          
Athletics conference MIAA
Mascot Panthers
Accreditation NEASC
Average SAT scores 561 verbal
581 math
549 writing
1691 total (2015-2016)[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.[4] 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.[4]


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). To accommodate the growing population a new school was built in 1957 near the Flagg Middle School, now known as Adams Middle School. The current school building on Hollis Street opened in September 1969. The mascot has been changed to the Panthers.[4]


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.[4]


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.[4]

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, wrestling. Spring sports include boys & girls lacrosse, boys & girls tennis, boys & girls track, baseball, softball, and ultimate. The current athletic director is Craig Najarian.[4]

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.[4]

The high school is one of a handful in Massachusetts which still retains a class-D FM radio station- WHHB 99.9 FM.


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.[4] In 2013, the Boys Soccer team won the Tri-Valley League title.

Football Accomplishments

  • State Champions - 1981, 1985, 2010, 2014, 2015
  • State Finalists - 1975, 1976, 1989, 1991, 2009

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/schoolchoice/choice-status.pdf
  2. ^ Profile of Holliston High School, profiles.doe.mass.edu; accessed November 21, 2016.
  3. ^ Holliston High School Handbook (PDF). 2010. p. 54. Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Holliston High School website