Congratulations to the Holy Name High School Class of 2022! Your classmates at Holy Name look forward to you joining them as part of the Namer Family very soon. Look for a special surprise in your front yard tomorrow – it’s our way of welcoming you to HN!
Holy Name High School President Benjamin Farmer to Step Down on June 30
PARMA HEIGHTS, OH (January 26, 2015) – Benjamin Farmer, the president of Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, Ohio, will be stepping down from his current position as of June 30, 2015. A search for a new president to be in place for the 2015-2016 school year will begin immediately.
Mr. Farmer has been at Holy Name for more than 25 years, beginning his career there as a Math teacher in 1988. He served as an assistant principal in 2002 before being appointed principal in 2003. In 2004, the roles of president and principal were combined and Mr. Farmer remained in this dual role until July 2014 when the positions were again separated and Shelbrey Blanc ’95 became the first female lay principal of the school.
“Mr. Farmer’s dedication to Catholic education in general and Holy Name High School, in particular, goes well beyond any expression of gratitude words can convey. His commitment to the students and families of Holy Name will endure in their transformed lives,” said the Diocese of Cleveland’s Secretary for Catechetical Formation & Education/Superintendent Margaret Lyons.
During Mr. Farmer’s tenure at the school, Holy Name has consistently operated within budget while successfully completing many capital improvement projects, including the new library media center, new energy-efficient lights throughout the building, a new athletic practice field and a new boiler for the school heating system. In addition, a window replacement project will be completed later this year. Under his leadership the school has also experienced important curriculum improvements to better prepare students for college, most notably with the school’s participation in the highly regarded Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP).
“Holy Name High School is in a solid position for a transition to new leadership, and is blessed to have a remarkable and dedicated faculty and staff who will continue their outstanding efforts of providing a transformative educational experience for Holy Name students,” said Associate Superintendent for Secondary Schools and Newman Campus Ministry Eugene Boyer. “As Holy Name begins its second century we want to build on the great things that have been done. It is exciting to think about the next chapter in Holy Name’s story.”
Mr. Farmer is currently exploring other options within the Diocese of Cleveland, and will remain fully engaged as president of Holy Name until his departure on June 30, 2015. The school plans to have someone in the role as of July 1, 2015. For more details on this position, please view the job posting at http://www.dioceseofcleveland.org/president-holy-name-high-school.
About Holy Name High School
Holy Name High School is a coeducational, Catholic high school located in Parma Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1914, it is the oldest coed Catholic school in the Cleveland area. Rich in history and tradition, Holy Name is a college preparatory institution enrolling students in grades 9-12. Rooted in Christian values, Holy Name promotes excellence in education through a challenging curriculum, personal responsibility and participation in extra-curricular activities. Our graduates move into the future with the confidence and knowledge-base to succeed.
Apple iPhone/iPad App Update
Holy Name High School | August 17, 2014
If you are using the Holy Name High School App for an iPhone or iPad you must update ASAP.
Here is what you need to do:
Delete the current app from your device. (Need help? CLICK HERE)
Go to the Apple App Store and search Holy Name High School 1.0 and download it.
IF YOU DO NOT UPDATE THE EVENTS ON THE APPS CALENDAR ARE INCORRECT.
Note, Android users do not have to update.
Hundreds of Namer’s March for St. Patrick’s Day!
Holy Name High School | March 17, 2014
Hundreds of Namers, young and old, participated in the St. Patrick’s NamerNation March at the 2014 Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The event started at Holy Name’s Parma Hts. campus. Participants received green sweatshirts that boasted the HN Centennial logo. The group boarded buses and journeyed down to the staging area of the parade, where they met up with the Holy Name Band, Drill Team, the HN Float and hundreds of more Namer Alumni.
The sea of green marched the parade route with green and white pom poms, green balloons, and signs that noted the many decades of graduates.
The event continued at the Hyatt, in the nostalgic Cleveland Arcade. The Parade Committee did a great job with every detail, from the green towering HN flags to great food and spirits
The 2014 St.Patrick’s Day Parade was the third scheduled event celebrating the Holy Name Centennial. Each event has been awesome in it’s own right. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade was a great forum to show the spirit of the HN community to Northeast Ohio, and it did not fall short on that task.
Congratulations to the Holy Name Drill Team that was awarded 3rd Place in Parade Drill Teams.
A huge thank you to the Parade Committee, their hard work and dedication was not overlooked and has created lifelong memories to all who participated. “Proud to be an Namer” was heard by many…
If you missed any of the first three HN Centennial events, do not miss out again! Save the dates for the upcoming events. The next event is the premier event – the Holy Name Reunion weekend, June 13-14.
Here are some preliminary details (all events held at Holy Name High School):
- Friday June 12th – Reunion Dinner/Dance
- Saturday June 13th
- HN 5k Run
- Dedication of Ohio Historical Plaque to Holy Name High School
- Namer Fest – Featuring Music, Spirits, Food Trucks, Alumni & kid games.
Rumor feature music act is Cleveland’s Breakfast Club – Featuring Class of 1984’s Brian Dossa.
Details will be updated on the Centennial Web Page and Social Media as it becomes available.
Shelbrey Blanc Announced as new Principal
Holy Name High School | March 10, 2014
The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is pleased to announce that we have successfully completed our search for a new Principal of Holy Name High School. Effective July 1, 2014 Shelbrey Blanc ’95 will become the new principal of Holy Name. Mrs. Blanc is currently the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Teacher Supervision at Holy Name, a position she has held since 2009. She will become the first female lay principal in Holy Name’s history.
During her high school years at Holy Name she was freshman and sophomore class president, a 4 year participant on the track team, president of French club, and a member of the National Honor Society.
Upon graduation from Holy Name, Mrs. Blanc attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Language in French in 1999. She was then named a teaching fellow at Boston College where she taught Elementary and Intermediate French classes to undergraduates and also earned her Master’s degree there in 2001.
Prior to returning to Holy Name as a French teacher and Foreign Language Department Chairperson, Mrs. Blanc worked as an English instructor to adolescents and adults in Lyon, France for two years.
“I am thrilled to accept the position of Principal of my alma mater and I look forward to working with the alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and students of Holy Name by leading the continued development of the oldest co-educational Catholic high school in the Diocese of Cleveland,” Mrs. Blanc expressed.
With this appointment Holy Name joins other diocesan high schools in adopting the successful model of separating the offices of principals and presidents. Current President/Principal Ben Farmer will continue as President of Holy Name.
“We are delighted that Shelbrey’s love for the Holy Name community is translating into a new role as principal. We welcome a new energy as this model of administration is initiated,” stated Ms. Margaret Lyons, Secretary for Catechetical Formation and Education and Superintendent of Schools.
Please join us in congratulating Shelbrey Blanc and welcoming her into her new role at Holy Name.
The Administration of Holy Name High School.
Holy Name High School set for centennial year
Mark Holan | Sun News, December 30, 2013
PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio – There’s quite a difference between the Broadway/Harvard neighborhood in Cleveland and Queens Highway in Parma Heights, but for the past 36 years, Holy Name High School has been the spiritual bridge between the two neighborhoods.
The Catholic college preparatory school was one of the first coeducational Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Cleveland when it was founded as part of the Holy Name Church and School in 1914.
In 1978, the school moved to the former Nazareth High School building at 6000 Queens Highway in Parma Heights.
The school will officially begin its centennial year with a series of events, starting with a Mass Jan. 5 at Holy Name Church on the original campus.
“For 100 years, it has been our privilege to provide a learning environment where high school students grow academically, spiritually and socially,” said Ben Farmer, Holy Name High School president.
“The Holy Name community has been very blessed, and we want to take the time in 2014 to honor our past, celebrate the present and build for the future. All of the events planned will allow our students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends to do just that.”
The 2014 Holy Name High School Calendar of Events to celebrate its 100th Anniversary includes:
• March 1 – Holy Name Rising Tide Auction and Gala at the Embassy Suites Independence
• March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Party at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade
• June 13 — Alumni Reunion Dinner Dance at Holy Name High School
• June 14 – Alumni Reunion and Community Festival at Holy Name
• Sept. 7 – History of Holy Name High School Presentation at Holy Name Church and elementary school campus in Cleveland
• Oct. 24 – Homecoming Mass and Varsity Football Game at Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium in North Royalton
• Dec. 28 – Centennial Closing Mass at Holy Name High School
“Our hope is that everyone who has ever been affiliated with Holy Name will join us for these special events,” said Colleen Corrigan Day, Holy Name’s director of constituent relations.
“Whether you graduated from the Harvard-Broadway campus or the Parma Heights campus, you’re invited to help us recognize one hundred years of education, faith and friendship.”
“The residents of Parma Heights are fortunate to have such an outstanding academic institution located in our city,” said Parma Heights Mayor Michael P. Byrne.
“Holy Name High School has been actively involved in our community for 36 years,” Byrne said. “I’m sure this will be an eventful year for the students and alumni. I look forward to helping them celebrate their 100th anniversary and wish them continued success.”