• Dobyns-Bennett High School Makes U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best High Schools List

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    May 10, 2018
    Kingsport City Schools News Release

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                

    Marybeth McLain

    Communications Editor
    Kingsport City Schools
    Ph.: (423) 378.2123


    Dobyns-Bennett High School Makes U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best High Schools List

    KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Dobyns-Bennett High School has been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best High Schools in the United States again receiving a silver medal designation in the 2018 Best High Schools rankings.

    The new Best High Schools rankings, which are available online 
    here, are produced in conjunction with North Carolina-based research firm RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm.

    U.S. News has published detailed information on more than 20,500 public high schools, including school-specific data on enrollment, student ethnicity, location, school type and results of state assessments, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of this data and a comprehensive methodology, schools were given a College Readiness Index score, with the top-scoring 5,900-plus schools receiving a gold, silver or bronze medal - and in the case of gold and silver schools, a national numerical ranking.

    Dobyns-Bennett High School is ranked in the top ten (10) percent of all high schools nationally at #1,964 and #16 in the state of Tennessee, earning a silver medal.

    "The U.S. News & World Report rankings confirm what we always strive to achieve at D-B... a high school experience that is exemplary and provides Kingsport families an educational environment that is among the best in America," said KCS Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse.  "While we don't specifically set out to seek such awards, it is always encouraging to see the hard work of our students recognized as being truly excellent.  We are proud of the leadership of D-B Principal Dr. Chris Hampton and his administrative team, as well as the dedication of the entire faculty and staff who are being recognized for their exceptional work."

    Results of AP assessments factor into this national ranking. Approximately 775 Advanced Placement tests were administered to 432 D-B students in 2017. The number of seniors graduating from D-B in 2017 was 551.

    Seventy-two (72) percent of Dobyns-Bennett High School students who completed an AP test scored at least a three (3) or above. An AP exam score ranging from a three (3) to a five (5) qualifies students for college credit in the subject area.

    "This recognition represents a culture of high expectations and teachers and students working diligently to meet and ultimately exceed those expectations,"  said Dr. Chris Hampton, Dobyns-Bennett High School Principal.  "It is an honor to work in a community that  supports education to the level Kingsport does."
    Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,700 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

    KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE).

    For more information on KCS, visit k12k.com, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FM, The Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, download our mobile app for Apple / Android devices or call (423) 378.2100. We’re social too; follow us on Facebook(Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District), LinkedIn (Kingsport City Schools) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).