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Edward Holmes (WI '03)


At the time of the Award, Edward Holmes was:

James C. Wright Middle School
Madison, WI

Biographical Information

Ed Holmes is principal of West High School in Madison, a position he has held since 2004. Previously, Holmes was principal of James C. Wright Middle School, also in Madison, a charter school that was struggling with attendance and discipline problems when he began his tenure. Holmes transformed the school, establishing a community learning center, creating strong after-school and summer school programs, conducting thorough needs assessments, and improving student test scores dramatically. Holmes' innovations included Read 180, a technology-based literacy program designed to assist students who were two or more years behind grade level in reading. He also established the Minority Youth Career Awareness Program (MYCAP), a partnership with Madison Area Technical College that focuses on tutoring, career exploration, college information and visits to business with apprentice job-sharing opportunities. Mr. Holmes wrote and received a Comprehensive School Reform grant, which allowed the school to use Turning Points, a research-based school reform model aimed at improving day-to-day operations and overall practice.

Edward Holmes In The News

Dr. Edward Holmes Retires as West High Principal (Part 2 of 2)
The Capital City Hues  |  Jul 10, 2014  |  Fitchburg, WI

Dr. Edward Holmes Retires as West High Principal (Part 1 of 2)
The Capital City Hues  |  Jun 26, 2014  |  Fitchburg, WI

West High School principal Ed Holmes to retire
Wisconsin State Journal  |  Dec 25, 2013  |  Madison, WI

Additional Information


1982 University of Wisconsin - Madison, B.A.