A Message From Our Principal, Dr. Eric L. Holland...
As I begin my second term (fifth year) as Principal of Rome High School, I am so excited about the progress made in the past four years and look forward to another exciting school year! Rome High School was voted best high school in Floyd County and by the U.S. News and World Report who also named us as one of the best high schools in Georgia.
The Senior Class of 2021 had approximately 431 graduates. The Senior class received an estimated $11 million in scholarships. Over 600 AP exams were administered to over 470 students during the 2021 AP testing session. We have been recognized for AP Stem and AP Stem Achievement School as well as an AP School of Distinction. Our AP program is second to none in the variety and depth of courses we have to offer (27) with more being added in the coming years. Our Literacy Team also won the region championship. The Academic Team was revived and competed for the first time in many years at Georgia’s Academic Decathlon. We strive to have course offerings that give our students multiple opportunities to excel in whatever area that student is passionate about.
Our athletic programs are second to none and have proven to be a dominant force throughout Georgia. In the last few years, the Rome High School athletic program has won many awards. For example, the Football Team won back-to-back state championships and was recognized as #13 in the USA Today National Poll in 2019. The boy's cross country team were region champions and the boy and girls basketball team made it to the state playoffs. We had state champions in swimming and wrestling. The boy and girls’ track and field teams were region champions as well. The boy’s soccer team, the girl’s volleyball team, and the baseball team have all won the various regional and state awards.
In the Arts department, our band, “Sound of the Seven Hills” received superior ratings. Our drama and debate team won area competitions, our show choir, “Grand Finale” had a wonderful season, and the chorus groups received superior ratings at their assessments. Our AF JROTC program continues its tradition of excellence. During the last five years, Headquarters AF JROTC has designated our program a "Distinguished Unit" every year with the exception of AY 2018, when we earned the prestigious "Distinguished Unit with Merit". We have continued our STEM focus by expanding our unmanned aircraft systems club to include remote-control aircraft, our Academic Bowl Team has risen to level 2 every year and our CyberPatriot Team advanced to the semi-final round for the first time. Finally, we have had two cadets earn 4-year ROTC scholarships and one cadet accepted an appointment to the elite USAF Academy.
We are so thankful to our community for supporting the ESPLOST. The College and Career Academy has been open since January 2021. This new facility is preparing all of our students for the workforce by engaging them in real-world, hands-on learning in a state-of-the-art facility. Rome High School now boasts more than 27 career pathway programs and will expand to more than 30 in 2021. These programs, ranging from Auto mechanics to Cybersecurity to Pre-Law, allow all students to experience hands-on, high-interest instruction that combines career aptitudes with professional skills.
Our energized staff is deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our students. We will continue to strive for excellence in all we do by setting high expectations for all students and providing supportive systems to assure success. We will also strive to engage the community in the vision and mission of the school.
Rome High’s mission is to ensure that all students graduate from Rome High School prepared for college or work. Rome High School also follows a graduate vision that represents our mission. The vision states that graduates will be able to develop knowledge and understanding, think critically and solve problems, listen, communicate, and collaborate effectively, know how to persevere, use technology as a tool, and engage with soft skills in a global environment. As we embrace the challenges of the future, we will continue to cherish and celebrate the Rome High School traditions of the past.
With an outstanding faculty and staff, involved parents and community members, and committed students, we will have another successful year. At Rome High School, “No one of us is as great as all of us.”
Dr. Eric L. Holland
Passion, Hard Work, Determination