Huckabay and Dublin ISDs have kicked off the school year with a new award to be proud of, earning a bronze medal in the 2016 Best High Schools national performance rankings from U.S. News and World Report.

“Huckabay ISD has a tradition of excellent academic success and I am very proud of how hard they continue to work to maintain that success,” Troy Roberts, Huckabay superintendent, said. “We have a great staff who enjoy working one-on-one with our students who thrive in this environment. They all work hard every day which makes it fun to be a part of this great tradition. Being recognized for hard work and dedication is always appreciated and the board and I thank them for their efforts.”

The selections are based on specific principles, which includes, “a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show is is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators,” the U.S. News and World Report site reads. “Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college.”

The process also takes into account the graduation rates of each school, in which Huckabay’s is 100 percent and Dublin’s 96 percent.

“It always makes you feel good when your students, teachers and staff are recognized,” Dr. Rodney Schneider, Dublin superintendent, said. “I think it’s a tribute to our hard work here in the community and shows the expectations we have for our students and our children.”

According to the website, Huckabay and Dublin are the only high schools in Erath County that received a medal and out of 29,070 public high schools that were reviewed, only 466 made the Best High Schools rankings.