The recognition never gets old, according to Centennial High School Principal Stephanie Porta.
"U.S. News and World Report," in the magazine's annual ranking of the best high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, presented silver medals to 143 of Ohio's 1,453 high schools. Columbus Alternative High School also received a silver award.
Centennial was ranked 133 among Ohio's high schools and 2,275 nationally. Columbus Alternative was ranked 49th in the state and 1,222nd nationwide.
"It's pretty awesome every time," Porta said of the honor.
The principal learned of the school repeating as a silver medalist through an email from U.S. News and World Report, and promptly passed the news along to her staff.
"The staff was very excited about it because this voting is a testament to their hard work with the students and a validation for our students and parents," Porta said.
U.S. News and World Report noted Centennial has a total minority enrollment of 57 percent, and that the participation rate at the school in Advanced Placement courses one of the key criteria, was 41 percent. Centennial's graduation rate is 92 percent.
"Of the numerous Ohio high schools ranked in 2017 among the U.S. News Best High Schools, 19 were awarded gold medals, 143 earned silver medals and 222 received bronze medals," according to the announcement.
"In many ways, I'm not surprised," veteran social studies teacher Denise Shook said. "It says good things not just about the school but about the district."
"I've heard from a lot of parents, and the parents were very pleased," Porta said. "The majority of our parents choose to send their children here, so it's a validation of their choice."
Staff and faculty work well together, according to Shook, who has been at CHS for 17 years, following a 17-year career as a social worker. They all have a shared vision, she added.
"We create a comfortable environment for our students," Shook said. "The students step up to our expectations. Nobody is excused from not trying their best."
Centennial High staff, students and parents won't be content to rest on their laurels, the principal indicated.
"We can always improve our rankings in the standings," Porta said. "We can definitely look at the number of our students in AP classes."