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Hammond-Oliver Health Sciences Academy

Hammond-Oliver Health Sciences Academy is a Career and Technical Education program for high school students in Bryan ISD who are interested in pursuing careers within the Health Science or Allied Health Science fields.
Any high school student with an interest in health science professions is encouraged to participate in this unique opportunity. In order to allow full participation in school activities, the first two years classes are offered on the students’ home campus. As juniors and seniors, students are transported to the academy, located on the Bryan High School Blue Campus, where they are able to take specialty health science related courses. Course offerings include Health Science, Medical Microbiology, Medical Terminology, Phlebotomy, Pharmacy Principles, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and more.

I am Hammond-Oliver

The Beginnings of Hammond Oliver

In the early 1990’s a district committee, led by the administration under Dr. Ashburn, found that the Bryan/College Station community had a strong need for health care professionals. The district responded to that need with the opening of, then named, Hammond-Oliver High School for Human Sciences in 1993. The program set out to “assist students in becoming productive citizens by providing opportunities to explore careers, develop leadership, promote service and strive for excellence through cooperative, diverse classroom and community experiences” The Academy was named for two pioneer doctors in the local community, Dr. William A Hammond and Dr. William Hold Oliver.

Dr. William A Hammond

Dr. Hammond came to the Bryan/College Station area in 1916 after graduating from Texas A&M Prairie View. Hammond was a leading African American physician responsible for opening the Brazos Valley’s first African American clinic and nursing school in 1929. The hospital, Hammond Memorial Hospital, treated patients through the 1950’s. Dr. Hammond died in 1973.

Dr. William Holt Oliver

Dr. Oliver began practicing medicine in the Bryan/College Station area before World War I. He opened the area’s first hospital, Bryan Hospital, between 1921 and 1925. After his death in 1935, the hospital was eventually bought by the Sisters of St. Francis and renamed St. Joseph’s Hospital, which is still serves the entire Brazos Valley area.

Dr. Oliver is also known for owning a valuable estate in the historic district of Bryan. His former home, where his family still resides, is registered with the National Register of Historic Places.