By Heather King
College rivalries can be fabulous fun and incredibly intense. Most football fans know the hype that leads up to any game where ECU plays UNC or NC State. Think about the basketball match-ups between UNC and Duke. People are proud of their alma mater or the schools they choose to cheer for. Many people, too, are proud of their high schools. I was reminded of this when my husband lovingly informed me that his high school ranked higher than my high school (only by 16 spots) on the list Newsweek just released of the top public high schools in the country.
Newsweek's list of the top public high schools in the country is released about this time every year. The rankings are based on a formula devised by a man named Jay Matthews. The report says the ratio includes the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2007 divided by the number of graduating seniors. The highest ranking high school from Eastern Carolina was Rose High School in Greenville at #682. Three schools from the Outer Banks made the list as well. First Flight in Kill Devil Hills ranked #1,131. Manteo High School in Manteo ranked 1,315. Cape Hatteras Secondary in Buxton ranked 1,320.
As a society, Americans love to rank things. However, rankings can sometimes miss important pieces of information. For instance, Bear Grass and Jamesville High Schools in Martin County may not have made this Newsweek list, but there are people passionate about keeping their doors open.
During this time when high school seniors are getting ready to become alumni with the turn of a tassel next month, tell us what is great about your high school, no matter how long it's been since you were there! Being true to your school might bring up some great memories.