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Dobyns-Bennett ranked No. 8 among state's high schools

May 22nd, 2012 8:46 pm by Rick Wagner

KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett High School is ranked eighth across Tennessee and just past 1,000th nationwide in a list of best high schools from U.S. News and World Report.

It is among two Tri-Cities high schools that made the top 10 in the Volunteer State and three in the top 16.

In a list where magnet schools were in the top three positions statewide, D-B was fifth best among non-magnet schools and ranked 1,037th nationally among all high schools, which for purposes of the rankings are magnet, charter and all others.

University School in Johnson City, part of the Washington County school system, ranked 10th statewide and 1,091th nationwide. Johnson City’s Science Hill High School ranked 13th statewide and 1,748th nationwide.

The top four in the state got gold medals, and the next 12 — including D-B, University School and Science Hill — received silver medals.

Elsewhere in East Tennessee, Bearden High School in Knox County ranked 11th statewide and 1,303th nationwide, Morristown West ranked 12th statewide and 1,471th nationwide, and Greeneville High ranked 15th statewide and 1,895th nationwide.

New Kingsport Superintendent Lyle Ailshie was superintendent in Greeneville until he came to work for Kingsport City Schools earlier this year.

According to the magazine, D-B had a pupil-teacher ratio of 15:1 with 1,903 students and 125 teachers compared to an average of 16:1 and a range of 1:1 to 68:1.

D-B received a 31.1 ranking on college readiness, based on the percentage of 12th graders who took Advanced Placement exams and passed them. The report lists 36 percent as taking and 30 percent as passing.

D-B got a 2.7 (out of 5) on algebra proficiency, based on 60 percent of students testing proficient in algebra and 40 percent not.

And in English, the school got a 2.8 for having 69 percent proficient and 31 percent not in English.

The top three high schools in the state, according to the magazine, are Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School in Nashville, 49th nationally; Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School in Nashville, 80th nationally; and the Merrol Hyde Magnet School in Hendersonville, 109th nationally.

The top non-magnet high school and fourth overall best in the state, according to the magazine, is Brentwood High School in Brentwood, 203rd nationally. Farragut High School in Knox County was ranked fifth in the state and 705th nationally, while Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge was ranked sixth in the state and 709th in the nation.

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