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A Covington tradition: Holmes High School graduated 150th class in 2018


Chris Mayhew, cmayhew@enquirer.com

COVINGTON – Holmes, one of Kentucky's oldest public high schools, has sent its 150th class of graduates into the world.

Covington Independent Public Schools' only high school was started in 1853.

The Class of 2018's 144 graduates received their diplomas on June 8.

"Covington had one of the first public high schools in the state," said Debra Vance, communications department director for the school district. "People from all over the state came here and they stayed in boarding houses to attend school."

The Castle Court street sign at the school's 2500 Madison Ave. campus is an ode to Holmes history.

The school took its name from the 32-room Holmesdale and its creator Daniel Henry Homes. Holmes made his fortune owning department stores. His heirs sold the castle to Covington's schools for its high school in 1919, according to Enquirer archives. The mansion was demolished in 1936 to make way for a new administration building.

Holmes High School Class of 2018 students, the 150th graduating class at the Covington public school, receive high-fives and applause from groups of elementary students June 6.  Provided/Covington Independent Public Schools

Famous Holmes graduates include Major League Baseball's director of umpires Randy Marsh (Class of 1967). Marsh, in 2017, made USA Today Sports 100 Most Powerful People in MLB.

Ronald Sargent went onto Harvard University after graduating in 1973. Sargent became the CEO of Staples in 2001 after the office company's founder stepped aside. Homer Dick Lewis, a 1944 graduate, became a nuclear scientist working at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. He was credited with helping shorten the Cold War through his work in powder metallurgy, according to "The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky."

A long list of politicians attended Holmes.

Class of 1947 graduate Bruce Ferguson served as Boone County Judge-executive for 24 years. Boone County Historic Courthouse was renamed the Ferguson Community Center in his honor this spring.

Jim Huff, the founder of Huff Realty, graduated from Holmes in 1961.

Class of 1970 Holmes graduates include Kentucky 65th District House Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington, and Boone County District Court Judge Charles T. Moore.

This year's graduates started a new Holmes pre-graduation tradition, Vance said. The Class of 2018 walked through all five Covington elementary schools wearing their cap and gowns. They high-fived elementary school children.

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