Two Bay Area schools
make Newsweek top 100 list
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
May 4, 2006
Two Bay Area high schools, San Francisco's Lowell and Palo Alto's
Gunn, have been included on Newsweek's list of the nation's top
100 high schools.
This list is included in the magazine's issue on newsstands this
week. Lowell is ranked no. 26 and Gunn is ranked no. 78. California
has a total of six schools on the list with the highest ranked
being 14th-ranked Eastern Sierra Academy, a school with fewer
than 30 students located near Mono Lake.
Lowell has previously been excluded from the list because it
is a magnet school that admits the majority of its students based
on high academic achievement but Newsweek changed the criteria
this year allowing some magnet schools on the list.
"As a former graduate of Lowell, I can attest to its outstanding
staff, strong curriculum and high academic standards. We are tremendously
proud of its legacy of excellence and it is especially fitting
that this recognition comes at a time when Lowell is celebrating
its 150th anniversary," San Francisco Unified School District
Interim Superintendent Gwen Chan said in a statement.
Gunn has been on the list since Newsweek began it in 1998, according
to Gunn Principal Noreen Likins.
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