Holy Name High School

Not to be confused with Holy Names High School.
For the closed school in Pennsylvania, see Holy Name High School (Reading, Pennsylvania).
Holy Name High School
6000 Queens Highway
Parma Heights, Ohio, (Cuyahoga County) 44130
United States
Coordinates 41°24′8″N 81°45′42″W / 41.40222°N 81.76167°W / 41.40222; -81.76167Coordinates: 41°24′8″N 81°45′42″W / 41.40222°N 81.76167°W / 41.40222; -81.76167
Type Private co-educational
Motto The School's The Thing
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1914
Principal Shelbrey Blanc
Grades 912
Enrollment 615
Average class size 24
Student to teacher ratio 16:1
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green and white         
Athletics conference Great Lakes Conference
Nickname Greenwave, Little Davids, Namers
Rival Padua Franciscan High School
Tuition $9,550
Website www.holynamehs.com

Holy Name High School (HNHS) is a private, Catholic, co-educational high school in Parma Heights, Ohio, USA. It is a part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Holy Name High School (HNHS) is a private, Catholic, co-educational high school in Parma Heights, Ohio, USA. It is a part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.


Founded in 1914, Holy Name was the first Catholic high school in the Cleveland area to enroll both male and female students. The school was originally located on Harvard and Broadway in Cleveland, and moved to Queens Highway in Parma Heights, Ohio, to accommodate its growing enrollment. The move included a merge with the all-female Nazareth Academy.


The school's present motto was adopted in 1926, when "The School's The Thing" appeared in the yearbook. The article which accompanied the motto was purposeful in its insistence that personal glory in any field of school activity means very little.


The Chi Rho incorporates the first two letters of the name of Christ in Greek characters XP. The Holy Name High School seal consists of the Chi Rho encircled by the school of identification. The seal is very appropriate as an official expression of Holy Name's desire to do all things in Christ, with Him, and through Him. This symbol now resides on the far wall of the new gym. The gift was donated by the Class of 2006.


Holy Name's mascot, the Green Wave, originated in the early 1920s when it was first used to describe the perfect co-ordination of the Holy Name American football team, which gave the appearance of a giant green wave engulfing opponents. They are also commonly called the "Little Davids", in reference to David and Goliath, because of efforts in defeating larger schools, who were considered large favorites.

Charity game

On November 23, 1946, Holy Name High School competed in the annual Charity Game, the Cleveland high school championship game, at Cleveland Municipal Stadium against Cathedral Latin High School (now Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin). The attendance at the game was a local record crowd of 70,955. It is the second-largest attendance for an American high school football game in history. Holy Name was defeated by Cathedral Latin, 35–6.[1]

In 1961 Frank Solich led the Holy Name squad and defeated Cathedral Latin 12–7, to win the Charity Game. Solich ran for 184 yards and two scores in the game in front of 29,918.[2]

Technological upgrade

In summer 2007, Holy Name installed wireless access points throughout the campus, and installed wireless PCs in every classroom.

Interactive whiteboards were scheduled to be installed in every classroom by fall 2008.

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships

Notable alumni

Notes and references

  1. "ohsaa.org records". Retrieved April 3, 2007.
  2. "Plain Dealer "Solich's old-school approach brings OU new results: wins"". Retrieved April 3, 2007.
  3. Yappi. "Yappi Sports Football". Retrieved February 12, 2007.
  4. Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved February 12, 2007.
  5. OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved December 31, 2006.
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