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Hillsborough Schools Take Top Four Spots in New U.S. News Rankings of Tampa Bay’s Best High Schools

June 12, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

Hillsborough Schools Take Top Four Spots in New
U.S. News Rankings of Tampa Bay’s Best High Schools

Tampa, Fla. – (June 12, 2019) – In new rankings that group schools by region, U.S. News & World Report’s highly regarded Best High Schools report named its top schools in Tampa Bay—placing Hillsborough County high schools in the top four positions.

In addition, 12 of the top 18 spots were filled by schools in Hillsborough County—with 11 schools operated by Hillsborough County Public Schools and one independently operated charter school.

The top-ranked schools in Tampa Bay are:

  1. Plant High School in Tampa (95% Graduation Rate, 67.3 College Readiness Score)
  2. Steinbrenner High School in Lutz (96% Graduation Rate, 56.2 College Readiness Score)
  3. Newsome High School in Lithia (97% Graduation Rate, 58.8 College Readiness Score)
  4. Sickles High School in Tampa (95% Graduation Rate, 51.6 College Readiness Score)

The Best High School rankings are based on six key elements that contribute to student success: College Readiness, Math and Reading Proficiency, Math and Reading Performance, Underserved Student Performance, College Curriculum Breadth and Graduation Rate. The full list is available here: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/florida/rankings/tampa-fl-45300

“Credit for this goes to every single person on these campuses: students, parents, teachers, support staff and partners. Our district has been laser-focused on student success and increasing graduation rates, and it’s great to be recognized for everyone’s hard work,” said Superintendent Jeff Eakins. “We’re proud of our work as state and national leaders in this area.”

Plant High School Principal Johnny Bush and students will be available for media interviews today at 1 p.m. at the school, located at 2415 S. Himes Avenue in Tampa.


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