Holy Names High School Provides An Academically Challenging, College Preparatory Education for Young Women


Holy Names High School is a small Catholic school with an academically challenging, college preparatory education for young women. Holy Names has been educating young women since the school’s founding by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary on the shores of Lake Merritt in 1868 as the first high school in Oakland. Today it is the only all-girls high school in Alameda County. Located on a beautiful five-acre campus in Upper Rockridge since 1931, the school’s diverse community nurtures spirituality, encourages artistic expression and promotes social justice—creating socially responsible, creative, and knowledgeable scholars and leaders.

Holy Names students participate in a rigorous academic program that is balanced with small class sizes and a faculty that refines students’ academic talents while identifying areas for growth and improvement. The young women at Holy Names take advantage of competitive honors and advanced placement courses as well as tutorial services offered through a math lab and mentorship program.

Holy Names offers an award-winning Visual and Performing Arts department and innovative courses to challenge young women by incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with the Arts (STEAM). Holy Names students thrive in STEAM fields. In the past year, students were recognized for outstanding achievements in computer science and technology, presented original research at conferences, and won prestigious performing arts awards.  

Holy Names students also have the chance to explore enriching opportunities that focus on the whole student that reaches beyond the confines of the formal curriculum. The Student Life team supports the intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social-emotional development of all students in a safe and respectful environment.

The strong combination of academics and student development at Holy Names is demonstrated in the achievement of our students. As in past years, every member of the most recent graduating class transitioned to higher education and was accepted to an impressive list of universities, including Brown, Cornell, Stanford, UPenn, UC, and California States, small liberal arts institutions, and prestigious historically black colleges.

Our alumnae reflect the formative values cultivated during their years at Holy Names. As leaders of corporate and nonprofit organizations, as artists and musicians, as civil rights attorneys and volunteers, Holy Names graduates model the school’s values of intellectual curiosity, arts, leadership, service, and justice.

4660 Harbord Dr., Oakland

510-450-1110, hnhsoakland.org

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