TX Studies » Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School
Grade levels: 6th-8th
Motto/Mission: The mission of Oliver Wendell Holmes Middles School and Classical Academy is to educate the total child.
Number of teachers: TBA
Hours/Bell schedule: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Seven 45/50 minute class periods
Trustee district: District 5
Learning Community: Superintendent's Learning Community
Feeder pattern: Roosevelt High School
School Colors: Orange and Black
Oliver Wendell Holmes, (August 29, 1809 --October 7, 1894) was a physician by profession but achieved fame as a writer; he was one of the best regarded American poets of the 19th century.
Dr. Holmes was born in Cambridge Massachusetts, the son of Abiel Holmes, a Calvinist clergyman and his second wife Sarah Wendell, from a prominent New York Family. Through Sarah Wendell, Holmes was descended from Massachusetts Governors Thomas Dudley and Simon Bradstreet and his wife, Dudley's daughter, Anne Bradstreet, the first published American female poet.
In 1840, Dr. Holmes married Amelia Lee Jackson, daughter of the Hon. Charles Jackson, formerly Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Their son was the Civil War hero and great American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
He was educated at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and at Harvard College. In 1833, Holmes attended the famed Ecole de Medecine in Paris. In 1843, he published The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever and controversially concluded that puerperal fever was frequently carried from patient to patient by physicians and nurses. Holmes, along with Ignaz Semmelweis in 1846, were the first to publish recommendations that healthcare workers wash their hands. Holmes was also a vocal critic of homeopathy.
The noted Sherlockian Michael Harrison conjectured that the British author Arthur Conan Doyle drew one inspiration for his famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes form a real-life self-described "consulting detective named Wendell Schere changing Scherer to "Sherlock" and Wendell" to Holmes" by association with Oliver Wendell Holmes.
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Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School
2001 Kiest Blvd
Dallas, TX 75216