Plymouth High School, John Glenn named as top schools

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth High School has been named one of the top schools in the state of Indiana on the U.S. News Best High Schools 2013 list. They ranked PHS number 26 for the state and 1812 nationally.

According to a press release from U.S. News, they reviewed 21,035 United States public schools with only 105 Indiana schools making their ranking. PHS was among 44 schools receiving a silver rating. An additional 58 were named bronze schools. Only three Indiana schools received the highest rank of gold medal. They include Signature School, Evansville; West Lafayette Jr. /Sr. High School, West Lafayette; and Burris Laboratory School, Muncie.

PHS has 1,066 students and 51 teachers; making them larger than the Indiana schools' average enrollment.

Coming in at number 21 for the state was John Glenn High School. The school with 605 students and 32 teachers ranked 1576 nationally.

Indiana schools follow the “Core 40” curriculum of required credits. Course work includes Social Studies classes such as world history and economics. Students are assessed in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10 through the ISTEP+ End-of Course Assessments.

Superintendent of the Plymouth Schools, Dan Tyree, said, “Author Jim Collis says that for organizations "good" is the enemy of “great.” He added, “So when a good school is challenged to get better, you sometimes get resistance. That is not true of Plymouth High School."

(For the complete story, see today's print edition of the Pilot News.)