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HHS Climbs Ranks in 'Top High Schools' Listing

Best High Schools LogoHighland High School has again been named one of America’s Top High Schools 2017 by U.S. News & World Report and was awarded a Silver Medal. The rankings include data on more than 22,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments, their graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college.

Highland High School is now ranked 45th out of 384 Ohio schools and 1,148 nationally, climbing from the 2016 rankings of 48th and 1,212 respectively. Within Northeast Ohio, Highland ranks 13th. A four-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first three steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests and graduation rates as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first three steps, a fourth step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work. Highland High School boasts a graduation rate of 96 percent and a college readiness score of 41.1.

Student-Athlete Physicals

Highland Athletic Department is again coordinating athletic physicals for students. Doctors from Sharon Family Physicians and University Hospitals will be providing yearly sports physicals on Friday, May 26, 2017. Physicals will be conducted from 12-4 p.m. at Highland High School. The cost is $20. Middle school students will be able to ride their bus to the high school for their scheduled physical (if after school). Parents will need to pick up their student from the high school. Students may arrive anytime during their scheduled hour. You do not need to arrive at the top of the hour. For full details and to sign up, click here: http://www.signupgenius.com/ go/20f0a48adad2ea1f94-yearly1.

2017 Highland Pride Award Nominees Announced

Eleven individuals have been nominated for the 2017 Highland Pride Award. Each school year, the Highland Board of Education recognizes two individuals whose work for the schools exemplifies an extraordinary spirit of pride. Highland Pride Awards will be presented to one District employee and one member of the community. Winners will be honored at the May 15 Board of Education meeting to be held in the high school media center. A reception will follow. Please congratulate the following nominees:

Community Members:

  • Marie Baker, Montville Township
  • Sharon Centner, Sharon Township
  • Layne Hadden, Hinckley Township
  • Todd Hill, Sharon Township
  • Suzy Marquis, Hinckley Township

Highland Employees:

  • Suzette Burtoft, Teacher, Highland High School
  • Tanya Dolata, Teacher, Highland High School
  • Andy Gopp, Teacher, Highland Middle School
  • Dennis Halenar, Bus Driver, Highland Schools
  • Maria Melchiorre, Special Ed Aide, Highland Middle School
  • Janice Novosielski, Office Aide, Highland Middle School
Highland 5K in May

“The Highland High School 5K In May” is set for Saturday, May 13. Race time is 9 a.m. This event will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northeast Ohio. The course will run around the campus of the Highland Athletic Stadium, High School and Granger Elementary. This course will include pavement, grass and gravel. The course will end on the football field. Please, no spikes. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall finishers and the top in each the top 3 in each age group. Age groups: 8th grade and under, Grade 9, 10, 11, 12, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. Pre-registration is $10 and race day registration is $15. 5K Registration



The Highland Local School District is committed to the highest academic and behavioral expectations. Our mission is to guarantee that each learner reaches his/her potential, by providing, in partnership with the community, a quality, progressive, educational program in a safe and dynamic life-long learning environment.