Holy Name High School

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Holy Name High School
6000 Queens Highway

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United States
Coordinates41°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
TypePrivate co-educational
MottoThe School's The Thing
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
PrincipalShelbrey Blanc
Average class size24
Student to teacher ratio16:1
Color(s)Green and white         
Athletics conferenceGreat Lakes Conference
NicknameGreenwave, Little Davids, Namers
RivalPadua Franciscan High School

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 is a member of the Great Lakes Conference with Parma Senior, Normandy, Valley Forge, Elyria Catholic, Bay Village, and Rocky River High Schools.


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, but in 1978 moved to Queens Highway in Parma Heights, Ohio, to accommodate its growing enrollment.[1] 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[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

Volleyball - 2018

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Holy Name High School set for centennial year". Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  2. ^ "ohsaa.org records". Retrieved April 3, 2007.
  3. ^ "Plain Dealer "Solich's old-school approach brings OU new results: wins"". Retrieved April 3, 2007.
  4. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Football". Retrieved February 12, 2007.
  5. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved February 12, 2007.
  6. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved December 31, 2006.

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