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Spain Park High School Among America's Top-Performing High Schools

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April 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Hoover High School and Spain Park High School have once again been named among the nation’s best schools by U.S. News & World Report.  The multi-platform publisher of news and information released its 2020 Best High Schools rankings in April. 

Of the 17,700 public high schools in America, Hoover High School ranked #1,853.  For Alabama, it was ranked #22 and #9 in metro Birmingham.  Spain Park High School ranked #993 nationally, #11 in Alabama, and #5 in metro Birmingham. 

U.S. News & World Report ranked more schools across America than ever before for 2020, evaluating the approximate 17,700 public high schools on how well they serve all of their students, regardless of economic or ethnic background.

"The Best High Schools rankings provide the most comprehensive, data-based information on nearly every public high school in the country," said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. "Families can use this information to see how their local schools compare on graduation rates and state assessments, as well as academic performance by students who are traditionally underserved – those who are black, Hispanic or from low-income households."

Some key findings:

  • The highest-ranked schools are scattered throughout the country, showing that the best schools are not concentrated in any one geographic area. 
  • Nine different states are represented among the top 10 schools. More broadly, the top 100 schools span 29 states.
  • The methodology takes a holistic approach to evaluating schools, focusing on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. College readiness measures participation and performance on AP and IB exams.

In addition to the national rankings, U.S. News has also published rankings by state, metro area and school district. Only metro areas and school districts with three or more high schools were included in these subrankings.

The Best High Schools rankings are available exclusively on and include data on a variety of factors, such as enrollment, student diversity, participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs, graduation rates and the results of state assessments. U.S. News worked with RTI International, a global research firm, to implement the comprehensive ranking methodology. For more information, visit Facebook and Twitter using #BestHighSchools.

Adapated from U.S. News & World Report's webpage