LearnBoost welcomes Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High
Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High School (HJHS) has been in the core of Davis, California at 1220 Drexel Drive since fall 1966. In 2006, it had 741 students, grades 7-9. The mascot of the school is the Patriot. Classes not taught on campus are usually taken at Davis Senior High School. The school is one of the three Junior High Schools in Davis, California, the others being Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Junior High in East/South Davis, and Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High in West Davis. Holmes Junior High was brought to regional attention after it was the target of a bomb scare in 2003.
The school was named after Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809–1894), a well-known physician, poet and author from Cambridge, Massachusetts. His son, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was a Supreme court justice. Holmes was also a relative of one of the first American authors, Anne Bradstreet. His most renowned poem is "Old Ironsides". One of his most popular works is The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. He also developed the popular model of the stereoscope.
There is a variety of courses offered at HJHS varying from ceramics to computer sciences to assorted foreign languages. It also has the basic classes such as Math, English, and Science. The required courses throughout the three years are as shown below:
General elective courses include foreign languages, art, music, being a student assistant to a teacher, the office or the library, and home economic/food making courses.
The school is laid out in a fairly simple manner. There are bike racks for the students to put their bikes: one in the front of the school and one near the gym. There are six basketball courts to the west of the gym. The classrooms fit in around the basketball courts, the gym, the lunch eating areas and the quad. On most of the walls, there are banks of lockers.
HJHS offers many sports programs such as cross country, volleyball, soccer, and basketball. Freshman students may take part in the same sports on the DHS teams, which also include field hockey, water polo, football, baseball, football, softball, cross country and ski and snowboard teams.
Like many other schools, Holmes has different clubs around campus. Some of these include the Associated Student Body (ASB), the Homework Club, Builder's Club, Sodoku Club, Honor Society, Recycling Club and the International Foreign Language Club.
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