Sunnydale High and College
Holden was a classmate of Buffy Summers in European History. During his junior year, he did the lighting design for the spring production of Pippin. Buffy helped him move the lighting board, but he dropped it on her foot. He was friends with Scott Hope, Jason Wheeler, and Tricia Waldman.
After high school, he attended Dartmouth College where he was majoring in Psychology and took two years of Tae Kwon Do. During this time, he took a year off to do an internship at the Sunnydale Mental Hospital.
He was sired by Spike while under the influence of the first, along with a myriad of other people. Rising as a vampire, he encountered Buffy, the Slayer, who had intended on dusting him. Having noticed Buffy, the two then peacefully caught up with each other. Holden also counselled Buffy about her issues with men and her superiority complex among her friends. Holden then attacked Buffy when she was off-guard and the two took the fight into a mausoleum where continued managed to regain civility and talk. Holden finally concludes that Buffy will never be able to connect with others before she mentioned Spike, to which Holden acknowledged as his sire. Buffy then staked him, shocked at the realization that Spike was harming humans.