A Message From Our Principal, Dr. Eric L. Holland...
As I begin my third school year as Principal of Rome High School, I am so excited about the progress made in the past two years and look forward to another exciting school year!
The 2018-19 Senior Class was the largest in school history with 458 graduates. The Senior class received an estimated $10 million in scholarships with 216 students receiving the HOPE scholarship. Over 729 AP exams were administered to over 485 students during the 2019 AP testing session. We had two National AP scholars in 2018 and 95 students were recognized as AP scholars at various levels. Our AP program is second to none in the variety and depth of courses we have to offer with more being added in the coming years. Our Literacy Team won the region and were state runner-ups. 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.
We finished 8th overall in the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association Cup. Our football team won the region championship and made the playoffs for the 4th straight year. Volleyball was the region runner-up and state qualifiers. Cross County was the boys’ region champs. The swim team captured two state championships. The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams made the sweet sixteen of the state playoffs. Wrestling had a state placer at the Traditional State Wrestling Tournament. Our boys’ and girls’ soccer teams qualified for the state playoffs. The Track and Field team won the boys’ and girls’ region championship. Track and Field also had several state placers and a state champion. Golf and Tennis each had a team member place at state this past year.
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. AFJROTC completed more than 1600 hours of community service, received the Distinguished Unit Award, and had two cadets receive full ROTC scholarships. Many of our other clubs and extracurricular activities had success as well.
We are so thankful to our community for supporting the ESPLOST. With its approval, we have started building a College and Career Academy on our campus and construction will continue until completion in Fall 2020. This new facility will prepare all of our students for the workforce by engaging them in real-world, hands-on learning in a state-of-the-art facility.
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. This year, Rome High School also established a graduate vision that represents that 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