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University High School one of the top 20 in the nation

Posted May 12, 2015

Tucson Unified School District's University High School ranks number 17 in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report analysis of the country's public high schools.

The just released rankings are based on criteria including schools' performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. More than 21,000 high schools were eligible for the rankings this year, out of a total of nearly 30,000 that were considered.

This year UHS students have been offered Gates Millennium Scholarships, Flinn Scholarships, National Merit Scholarships and more. Students have also been accepted to prestigious universities including Stanford, Harvard, MIT and of course the University of Arizona.

Dean Packard, UHS Principal, says, "We are very excited to be recognized once again as one of the top schools in the country. This is a tribute to the intense effort and time that students and staff put in on a daily basis, as well as the incredible community of parents, alumni and community members that continually work to support University High School and TUSD."

University High School was also recently named in the top 40 of the Most Challenging High School's in America by the Washington Post. For more information, see the Washington Post's national ranking.

Dr. H.T. Sánchez, Superintendent of Tucson Unified, says the national rankings show how hard the students, teachers and staff work every day.

"I am again so proud of University High School and their national ranking. The students at UHS continue to shine and show the nation that public schools can be challenging, and rigorous. The students who walk these halls, and the students who will follow them, will attend the best colleges in the nation and they'll be ready for anything that comes their way in the future. Way to go Penguins!"


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