School for the Talented and Gifted named the best high school in America for fifth consecutive year


U.S. News & World Report has named the School for the Talented and Gifted at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center (TAG) as the best high school in the nation for the fifth consecutive year.

TAG was joined in the top 10 of the annual rankings by the School for Science and Engineering, which earned the No. 4 spot. Overall, 13 Dallas Independent School District campuses received gold, silver or bronze medals in the magazine’s Best High Schools rankings.

The School for the Talented and Gifted also earned the magazine’s top honor in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

“There is not just one thing that makes our school great. The hard work and dedication that our students and teachers put in every day—combined with the strong support of our parents, greater community, and district leadership—all help make our school successful,” Principal Benjamin Mackey said. “It’s great to be recognized, but we will not rest on our laurels and we still have room to grow.”

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa congratulated TAG and the other 12 schools that made the list.

“The students and faculty at the School for the Talented and Gifted and our entire district are justly proud of this incredible track record of excellence. Being named the best of the best for five straight years is an impressive accomplishment by any measure,” Hinojosa said. “To have 13 schools recognized among the country’s best is evidence that our district is moving in the right direction and our efforts are paying off. With the addition of more schools of choice, collegiate academies, and early childhood programs, we can anticipate more schools achieving higher levels of excellence in years to come.”

In addition to TAG and the School for Science and Engineering, the following schools earned the “gold medal” designation for demonstrating the highest college readiness, placing them among the top 500 in the nation. (** Denotes the school is based at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center):

  • Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School – No. 97 in the nation (No. 19 in Texas)
  • Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts – No. 139 in the nation (No. 25 in Texas)
  • Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet** – No. 176 in the nation (No. 29 in Texas)
  • School of Health Professions** – No. 376 in the nation (No. 55 in Texas)
  • Rosie M. Collins Sorrells School of Education and Social Services** – No. 447 in the nation (No. 61 in Texas)

The following schools earned the “silver medal” designation:

  • School of Business and Management** – No. 660 in the nation (No. 72 in Texas)
  • Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College at Mountain View – No. 1,263 in the nation (No. 126 in Texas)
  • Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy — No. 1,271 in the nation (No. 128 in Texas)
  • Woodrow Wilson High School — No. 1,742 in the country (No. 164 in Texas)

The following Dallas ISD campuses earned a “bronze medal” in the rankings:

  • Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. Early College High School
  • Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy

View the full national rankings here. To learn more about the methodology of the rankings, go here.


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