Hudson and Lufkin High Schools both get silver star ranking from 'U.S. News'

Source: Lufkin High School website
Source: Lufkin High School website
Source: Hudson High School website
Source: Hudson High School website

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - U.S. News and World Report ranked the best high schools in Texas, only 410 made the list.

Hudson High School is ranked 143rd and received the silver award for the second year in a row.

Principal John Courtney says the award showcases Hudson's commitment to their students.

"I think it's a great testament to our staff as well as our students just for their effort," said Courtney. Our students go out of their way to serve in the community. They take AP courses. They take dual credit courses at Angelina College and our staff is just phenomenal."

Lufkin High School Principal Mark Smith says they are ranked 177 and are thrill to receive the silver star, after receiving a bronze award last year.

"It's good that the community knows that Lufkin High School is putting out a good product and that their kids are coming to one of the best schools in the nation," said Smith.

The report measures a schools college and career readiness along with students' math and reading proficiency levels.

"For us, we work hard on college readiness and our math and reading scores. Our AP program is strong here at Lufkin High School," said Smith.

Courtney said, "And basically what that reward signifies, college and career readiness. We excelled in that area as well as our math and reading proficiency levels."

Both principals say they attribute the award to the hard work of their teachers and students.

Smith said, "It's something that didn't happen overnight. Our teachers are dedicated teachers, to have strong programs. It's a reflection on their hard work."

There are 1,870 high schools in the state of Texas and both Hudson and Lufkin high schools are in ranked in the top 10 percent.

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