Hilliard Davidson High School has been rated as one of the best high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Hilliard Davidson High School has been rated as one of the best high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The Hilliard high school received a bronze medal for being in the second annual list of American's Best High Schools.

"It's nice to be recognized," said Principal John Bandow.

Bandow, who has been the principal at the high school for 11 years and in the district for 21 years, said the work of his staff is intentional, but it is nice to have the work acknowledged by an outside source.

Hilliard was among 21,000 high schools across the nation to have data analyzed for the award.

"There were 86 Ohio schools recognized," said Bandow, "and 1,942 in the country."

Ohio has 800 high schools spread across more than 600 districts.

"So we were in the top 9 percent," he said.

Bandow said that in August he received a packet asking for data.

"It was elaborate data," said Bandow. "They asked for everything."

School community relations director Carrie Bartunek said in a press release that U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with the School Evaluation Services, analyzed standardized test performance, proficiency rates of all students including the least advantaged, and college-ready curriculum.

Bandow said they asked for information pertaining to the English Language Learner (ELL) population.

As the publication sought the material, he said, he was told that Davidson was being considered as one of the top high schools in the nation, but the data would need to be reviewed before a final decision was reached.

Earlier in the month, Bandow received the notice of the ranking.

The top 100 schools receive a gold ranking, followed by the silver and bronze and honorable mention.

Four high schools in Ohio received a gold medal status, Bandow said, but none were from central Ohio.

The staff is constantly improving the curriculum for its students, he said, but it is nice to know someone is monitoring the effort.

Bandow planned to put together a video podcast for the 1,500 parents who subscribe.

"It should be up for the parents today," he said on Dec. 18. "The staff has worked awfully hard and we are very intentional in our work. It is nice to be recognized for the hard work. The staff is where the rubber meets the road. We have a nice staff that is willing to change."