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University School, Dobyns-Bennett and Science Hill ranked highly by U.S. News

Rick Wagner • May 8, 2019 at 11:33 AM

KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett High School ranks 18th of 383 high schools in the Volunteer State. In the greater Tri-Cities,  that put it behind only University School on the East Tennessee State University campus at ninth. Both ranked ahead of Science Hill in Johnson City at 21st and Greeneville High at 24th.

That’s all according to U.S. News & World Report, which does an annual ranking, available online, of high schools across Tennessee and the nation.

D-G ranked in the top 10 percent of all high schools, earning a silver medal, and was ranked ninth among regular public high schools across the state in information that went online earlier this week.

"Our collective commitment to excellence is reflected in these results, which indicate that students in Kingsport are taking advantage of the incredible learning opportunities that all KCS teachers and our community partners are helping to provide," Superintendent Jeff Moorhouse said in a news release Thursday.

"Our entire staff strives to stretch, encourage and support kids while building quality, kind and respectful relationships along the way,” D-B Principal Chris Hampton said. “These experiences are designed to build skills and future success for all students. It is an honor to work in a school and community that supports education to the level D-B and Kingsport does."

The top five schools statewide were Central Magnet of Murfreesboro; Hume Fogg Magnet in Nashville; Merrol Hyde Magnet in Hendersonville; Martin Luther King Jr. in Nashville; and Brentwood High, the highest-ranked regular public school.

University School, operated by ETSU’s college of education but technically part of the Washington County school system, was No. 9 in the state and No. 729 in the nation with a score of 95.77 out of 100, a graduation rate of 100 percent and enrollment of 283 in grades 9-12. (It is a grades K-12 school.)

D-B ranked No. 18 in the state and No. 1,623 nationwide with an overall score of 90.59, a graduation rate of 95 percent and an enrollment of 2,233. Twenty-eight percent of students took AP classes, and D-B had 15 percent minority students.

Science Hill  ranked No. 21 in the state and No. 1,900 nationwide with an overall score of 88.98, a graduation rate of 92 percent, 28 percent taking AP classes, an enrollment of 2,235 with 25 percent minority students.

Greeneville, the high school in the system from which Kingsport’s last two superintendents were hired, ranked No. 24 in Tennessee and No. 2,263 nationwide with 22 percent of 914 students in AP classes. It had an overall score of 86.88, a graduation rate of 95 percent and 20 percent minority students.

Sullivan South ranked No. 85 in Tennessee with 9 percent of 878 students in AP, while Sullivan North ranked between No. 248-347 with 496 students. Sullivan East ranked No. 159 with 11 percent of  938 in AP, and Sullivan Central was ranked No. 160 with 9 percent of 888 in AP.

Elsewhere in the area, Volunteer ranked No. 125 in the state with 14 percent of 1,161 students in AP, Cherokee ranked No. 154 with 17 percent of 1,179 students in AP. Clinch High was not ranked. It has only 36 students 9-12. (It is a K-12 school.) Tennessee High ranked No. 45 in the state with 32 percent of 1,193 students in AP.

All told, the magazine ranked 347 of the 382 high schools in Tennessee across 128 school districts. The website is https://www.usnews.com/education/.

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