National honors a source of pride for local schools

A national publication has, once again, told the world what we’ve known for a long time, the Copper Country has some of the best schools in both the state and the nation.

As Garrett Neese pointed out in a story in Saturday’s Daily Mining Gazette, U.S. News and World Report ranking of the top high schools in America included a number from right here in our own back yard.

Most notably, Houghton High School received the highest ranking among Copper Country schools. HHS was rated the 13th best school in Michigan and in the top 600 nationally. For those rankings the school was awarded a silver medal. Local high schools receiving bronze medals were, Calumet, Dollar Bay-Tamarack City, Jeffers, Lake Linden-Hubbell, Ontonagon and Ewen-Trout Creek.

To even be considered for the distinction, schools must beat statistical projections. From there, what determines where a school is ranked is college readiness. The magazine looks at the number of students who took a test for a college-level class and how many passed one.

The ranking, while good to see, certainly comes as no surprise. Every one of our local high schools, along with elementary and middle schools, routinely make national and state lists and are routinely awarded for their efforts.

We commend the faculty, staff, families, and most importantly the students for this high national honor. Each day, and each award gives us another reason to be proud of where we live.