Oak Ridge High School has been ranked No. 849 in the nation in the annual Newsweek selection of the best high schools in the country.

ORHS_SealOak Ridge High School has been ranked No. 849 in the nation in the annual Newsweek selection of the best high schools in the country, according to information released Monday afternoon.

Among high schools in East Tennessee that appear on the list, Oak Ridge ranks first ahead of Knoxville’s West High School (No. 1,092) and Farragut High School (No. 1,220), as well as Kingsport’s Dobyns-Bennett (No. 1,247).

Newsweek’s list is based on how hard school staffs work to challenge students with advanced placement, college-level courses and tests, according to the website, www.newsweek.com.

Included on the list were 1,622 high schools — only 6 percent of all public schools in the U.S., the website states.

In addition to the two Knoxville schools, the following Newsweek-ranked Tennessee high schools and their rankings: Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Nashville (41); Martin Luther King Academic Magnet High School (54); Brentwood High School in Brentwood (213); Ravenwood High School, also in Brentwood (469); Hillsboro High School in Nashville (822); Franklin High School in Franklin (1,003); Collierville High School in Collierville (1,128); Houston High School in Germantown (1,488); Fairview High School in Fairvew (1,492); and Centennial High School in Franklin (1,605).

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Source: The Oak Ridger
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