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MHS makes top high school list for fifth consecutive year

By The Mercury

Manhattan High School has been named to The Washington Post High School Challenge List for the fifth consecutive year.

Only eight Kansas high schools made the list, and MHS is the only one from outside the Kansas City area to do so.

“It is an honor to make the list of the Washington Post Challenge ranking the best high schools in United States,” said MHS principal Terry McCarty. “The accolades that Manhattan High School receives are a testimony to the faculty/staff throughout the entire school district, the community of Manhattan, and most importantly, the students.”

The Washington Post annually surveys and ranks approximately 22,000 high schools across the country. Just over 1,925 schools—only nine percent of all the public schools in the U.S.—made the list. MHS ranked 1,483 out of these schools and seven th in the state.

Public schools are ranked according to a ratio devised by Jay Mathews. It is based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school divided by the number of graduating seniors.

All of the schools on the list have an index of at least 1.000. MHS’s index was 1.456.

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