New report ranks University School & Dobyns-Bennett in top 10 percentile nationally

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Some of the best high schools in the country are located right here in northeast Tennessee, according to a newly released U.S. News & World report.

University School, Dobyns-Bennett High School, Greeneville High School, and Science Hill High School all received silver medal recognition. That is the second highest honor possible.

According to the report, University School is the 14th ranked high school in the state of Tennessee, Dobyns-Bennett is 16th, Greeneville is 23rd and Science Hill is 24th. The report factors in enrollment, graduation rate, test scores and more. After putting all those together, University School and Dobyns-Bennett both placed in the top-10 percentile nationwide.

"The credit goes to the teachers and the students," Dr. Chris Hampton, the principal at Dobyns-Bennett, says. "Teachers set very high expectations and students work very hard to meet those expectations so when those ingredients come together, the recipe yields pretty good results."

Dobyns-Bennett scored particularly high in the college readiness section, which school leaders say is a result of pushing every student to succeed, not just the top of the class.

"We know our job is not to prepare one for graduation day here. Our job is to prepare them for what comes after that," Andy True, a Kingsport City Schools spokesperson, says.

University School is the valedictorian of the region after receiving the highest score of any local school in the report. The director of the school says his students deserve all the credit.

"We have students who come here, who want to be ready for college," Troy Knechtel says. "They come with that mindset to be challenged so we challenge them and they respond well."

Several other northeast Tennessee schools received bronze medal recognition in the report.

Virginia schools didn't fare as well. The highest ranking southwest high school was Abingdon, which received a bronze medal recognition and was ranked 51st in the state.

For more Tennessee rankings, click here.

For more Virginia rankings, click here.

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