Two Eastern Kentucky high schools among top 20 in KY in U.S. News rankings

Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 10:35 PM EDT
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(WYMT) - U.S. News & World Report ranked many Eastern Kentucky schools in the top 50 public high schools in Kentucky in the 2021 Best High School rankings.

The yearly report helps educators use school rankings to see how high schools compare at the national, state and even local level.

“We know all about it. We’ve been in the top year after year after year. So this is not a fluke for us but it’s something we don’t take for granted. It’s really important that we make sure every kid gets quality instruction,” said Superintendent for Harlan Independent Schools Charles Morton.

Pikeville High School was ranked 12th and has a 99% graduation rate.

“I’ve only been here since July and it does not take long to be here to know why this school is continually successful, why it is continually is admired for its success and acknowledged for its success in reports like this one because you have people no matter their role in this district, they’re always passionate about kids, passionate about their success,” said Superintendent for Pikeville Independent Schools David Trimble.

Harlan High School was ranked 19th with a 100% graduation rate.

“We’re proud of that. It puts us in the top 10% of Kentucky high schools. Our culture starts at sunshine preschool with our 3 and 4 year-olds. We got a system that takes them all the way through and they respond accordingly,” said Morton.

Two schools from Pulaski County were in the top 30. Southwestern High School was 24th with a 98% graduation rate and Pulaski County High School was ranked 29th with a 97% graduation rate.

Paintsville High School was ranked 31st with a 96% graduation rate. Williamsburg City School topped out at number 33 with an 87% graduation rate. Corbin High School was ranked 36th with a 98% graduation rate.

South Laurel High School also made the top 50 coming in at 42nd with a 92% graduation rate.

More than 17,800 public high schools throughout the country were ranked by U.S. News & World Report as schools are ranked on how well they serve students from various social and economic backgrounds.

“No matter who you are, where you come from, what your performance, everybody has the same expectations for everyone equally across the board,” said Guidance Counselor at Harlan High School Cristal Pace.

Trimble says he is proud to know that schools are fitting expectations and looks forward to a bright future.

“I know there’s no doubt that today and 10 years from now we’re going to continue to see success like this because of the people in the district and the community that serves around it,” he said.

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