All three high schools in the Olentangy Local School District are among the top 20 in Ohio, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The magazine in April named Olentangy Liberty High School as the eighth best in the state. Olentangy High School came in 10th, while Olentangy Orange High School ranked 18th.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the annual ranking is based on multiple factors, including students' readiness for college and proficiency in math and reading, as well as graduation rates.

Superintendent Mark Raiff said in a statement that the rankings reflect the efforts of many people.

"It is always good when hard work is recognized and this ranking does that on a national level," he said. "It speaks to the amazing students and staff we have here at Olentangy and I could not be more proud."

All three schools also made the publication's list of top schools in the nation, with Liberty ranked at 272nd, Olentangy ranked 312th and Orange ranked 485th in the U.S.

Raiff said no other district in central Ohio with multiple high schools achieved top-500 rankings for each school.

At the Olentangy school board's April 27 meeting, Raiff joked that the other schools have set a high bar for Olentangy Berlin High School when it opens in 2018. The board in April named Todd Spinner, principal at Westerville Central High School, as the first principal at Berlin.

"Obviously, Mr. Spinner's in the crowd, so it's an opportune time to let him know the expectations," Raiff said.

Cincinnati's Walnut Hills High School earned the top ranking in the state from U.S. News and World Report. Wyoming and Indian Hill high schools, also in Hamilton County, took second and third place.

Bexley High School -- the top-ranked school in central Ohio -- earned the fourth spot in the state.

Apart from Bexley and Olentangy schools, three other central Ohio high schools ranked among the 20 best in the state: Dublin Jerome (9), Upper Arlington (12) and Dublin Coffman (16).

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