POTTERY MAKING: Holbrook’s students are nationally known for their skill in pottery making.My family would be pleased to see me in my Navajo clothes, Krystal thought. I’m glad I’m allowed to wear my native dress here, even though I don’t do it often.She then grabbed her textbooks off the desk and hurried to class.
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING: Holbrook’s administration building houses both offices and classrooms. Most important, Krystal has learned about Jesus at Holbrook—that she has a Savior who loves and cares for her. Although she has not yet made a decision for baptism, she says she is “working her way there.”
A LONGTIME STUDENT: Krystal, now a sophomore at Holbrook Seventh-day Adventist Indian School, has been a boarding student there since she was 4 years old.“I don’t think so.”
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: Janet Claymore-Ross, a member of the Lakota tribe, is the first Native American principal since the school was established in 1946.“This is definitely a mission field,” says Miller, recipient of the 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Alumni Awards Foundation. “Most of our kids aren’t Christians, let alone Adventists.”
ACADEMIC AND SPIRITUAL MISSION:Holbrook’s 18 full-time certified teachers and administrators provide instruction in the sciences, liberal arts, mathematics, communication, and technology such as welding and small-engine repair. The school’s primary mission, however, is to help prepare the students for a life of service to others and for eternal life with Jesus.Principal Claymore-Ross, who holds a doctorate degree in Educational Administration and whose husband, Duane, also teaches at the school, says several options are available to Holbrook graduates.