April 19, 2014

Mostly clear

Newsweek ranks Highland High in list of nation’s top schools

To see the full rankings, click here.

Story by David Knox and Kiera Manion-Fischer

Highland Schools has one of the top 1,000 public high schools in the nation, according the 2013 ranking by Newsweek magazine.

Highland High, in Granger Township, is the only school in Medina County and one of only 77 schools in Ohio to make the list.

The rankings are based on an analysis of test scores and other statistics aimed at measuring how well graduates are prepared for college.

Highland Principal Dana Addis described the ranking as “great news.”

“This particular report is based on schools that are best preparing their students to get to college,” he said. “For us to be placed in that category is a great tribute to our kids, to our families and to our teachers.”

According to the Newsweek rankings, 87 percent of Highland’s graduates in 2011 were accepted to college.

Among other measures of achievement, Highland posted an average SAT score of 1684, an average ACT score of 23.7 and an average score of 3.7 on Advanced Placement tests.

Addis credited all the staff members of the school.

“It just makes me really proud of all the people that are working at the high school,” he said.

Overall, Highland ranked 987th of the top 2,000 schools nationally and 41st among Ohio schools.

The highest-rated Ohio school was Walnut Hills High, in Cincinnati, which ranked 53th nationally.

Cincinnati had four of the top five schools in Ohio, but Franklin County had the most overall — 15.

Cuyahoga County, led by Solon High in third place in Ohio, had 11 schools on the list. The others are Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Orange, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, North Royalton, Independence, Bay Village, Shaker Heights, Mayfield and Olmsted Falls.

Summit County had five schools on the list: Hudson, Stow-Munroe Falls, Green, Firestone and Nordonia.

Lorain County had one: Avon Lake High.

Contact managing editor David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or dknox@medina-gazette.com. Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.

  • Highland parent

    All this really tells me is that Highland students know how to take tests. I know they work hard and so do the teachers but college isn’t the only goal of school. We need more kids to enter the blue collar careers or we will be short on plumbers, electricians, mechanics, etc…someone has to be the janitor and clean offices. There is pride in any job if it’s done well. I get tired of the push for college. Not all students are interested in more schooling and they end up falling to the pressure to go and waste more time and money than needed. There is honor in the non-college vocations. My own kids choose the Medina County Career Center over Highland for their last two years of high school. They both score and rank at the top of their programs of choice and they can walk into jobs after graduation in their fields if they desire.

  • HHS

    Honor is great, but the u201cgrownu201d up world isnu2019t that kind. Suggesting that the Career Center is better than Highland or any other high school in the area is misguided. If youu2019ve read anything you would know that college grads with earn more and have much more stable careers than non-grads.nnSuggesting the ranking only identifies Highland students can take test is almost ridiculous. 87% of Highland students go on to college and I have to say I feel sorry for your children. Not promoting education shows ignorance. I agree there is honor is skilled jobs but, on average, their careers will be lacking versus college degrees.nnI’m assuming your kids are in the 13% (Highland figures) that don’t want to or CANu2019T pursue additional education. But suggesting that 18 year old boys and girls should get jobs versus seekingneducation is sad.nnI only wish the best for your children!

  • Nick Herman

    Being a Highland grad myself. I’m very proud to hear that my alma mater is still setting the bar high. GO HORNETS!!!