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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.