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June 29, 2011
Newsweek names HPHS top comprehensive high school in Texas

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Highland Park High School is the top comprehensive (open-enrollment) high school in Texas, according to Newsweek magazine's latest Top 100 list.


"We are very proud of what our students and teachers have achieved,"  HPHS Principal Walter Kelly said. "This is about what happens in the classroom. Our students have built their success over many years and with enormous support at home.  These young men and women have worked hard, and their dedication to learning is reflected in their rigorous class choices, ACT and SAT scores, but also in the many top colleges and universities that have consistently sought out our students year after year."


Newsweek ranked HPHS number 31 overall in the U.S., which places it in the top five among other open-enrollment schools. Other schools on the list include magnet and charter schools that have selective enrollment criteria.


This year, Newsweek revised its criteria, which now how six components:  

  • Graduation rate (25%)
  • College matriculation rate (25%)
  • Advanced Placement (AP) tests taken per graduate (25%)
  • Average SAT and ACT scores (10%)
  • Average AP/International Baccalaureate scores (10%)
  • AP courses offered per graduate (5%)

In previous years, Newsweek ranked schools based on a ratio that divided the number of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests taken schoolwide by the number of graduating seniors in the school.


"What a tremendous honor this is for our high school, district and entire community," Highland Park ISD Superintendent Dr. Dawson Orr said. "Our students are carrying on the tradition of commitment to education that makes HPISD such a remarkable place. We couldn't be prouder of them, their families and our inspirational teachers."

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