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About Herndon High School

Greetings From Principal William Bates

Herndon Hornet Community,Mr. Bates

We are excited to begin the 2014-2015 school year and we can’t wait to see our Young Hornets on Tuesday, September 2nd. “All Hornets Are Capable of Success, No Exceptions!” Students at Herndon High School have embraced this mission statement. As a Kids At Hope school, we encourage our students to believe in their individual potential and challenge them to define success for themselves. They understand the importance of finding hope in the face of adversity.  When presented with challenges, Hornets see the opportunity for change and growth. 

Last year, in the first implementation year of  Kids At Hope, the HHS faculty and staff focused on creating a culture where WE BELIEVE in the success of all of our students, NO EXCEPTIONS! At the beginning of every Teacher Advisory period our students are encouraged to make a commitment to themselves to believe and have pride in their ability to make their dreams their realities by reciting the Kids At Hope pledge.
I am a kid at hope.
I am talented, smart and capable of success.
I have dreams for the future, and I will climb to reach those goals and dreams every day.

Herndon High School faculty and staff recognize and are humbled by the uniquely wonderful opportunity we have to change the lives of children. For this reason, following the student pledge, we affirm our commitment to each child to discover the hidden gems that can ultimately shape their destinies.
As an adult and a Treasure Hunter
I am committed to search for all the talents, skills and intelligence that exist in all children and youth.
I believe all Hornets are capable of success, No Exceptions!

Although the words of the these pledges are printed on posters and in student’s planners and can be heard over the intercom each black day, the real strength of the Kids at Hope movement is in the way the adults interact with students and how students have come to interact with each other.  As WE CONNECT, in implementation year two, whether through a simple smile as a student walks through the classroom door or by formally mentoring a student who needs guidance, it is our goal to ensure that every student at Herndon High School has at least one meaningful and sustainable relationship with a caring adult. 

Kids At Hope Herndon is not a program. It is the cultural framework that drives every decision we make. It is who we are. It is what we believe. It is what we practice each and every day because at Herndon High School we believe that…

All Hornets Are Capable of Success, No Exceptions!


William L. Bates, Principal & “Treasure Hunter”
Herndon High School