Tonight in Local Education, DeSoto County High Schools are making the grade in national rankings.
U.S. News and World Report magazine released its latest “Best High Schools Rankings” and named Lewisburg as the number one high school in Mississippi.
Lewisburg High School principal Chris Fleming won’t take credit for the honor or his school’s success. He said, “Being number one is one thing, but the longevity of being number one is more important. When you see these recognitions we’re getting, it’s just a by-product of hard work from the students and the teachers.”
U. S. News and World Report magazine ranked high schools based on several different factors including Advanced Placement classes, graduation rates, and state tests.
“We’re a family out here at Lewisburg and I feel like our family unit is what’s kind of driven our success,” said Fleming.
In a statement from DCS Superintendent Cory Uselton, he called the results “An honor and a testament to hard work by students, teachers and administrators.”
Uselton also stated that he wanted “To recognize our elementary and middle school teachers for building the foundation for this success.”
“You do the best you can and if somebody else is number one another time we feel like we’re in a high ranked district so either way that works we’re in great shape,” said Fleming.
Three of the top ten high schools came from DeSoto County.
Lewisburg at number one.
DeSoto Central ranked 5 and Center Hill High at number 6.