Dobyns-Bennett High School Makes U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best High Schools List

Published on April 22, 2016 at 2:14 p.m.

KINGSPORT, Tenn.Dobyns-Bennett High School has been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best High Schools in Tennessee.

The new Best High Schools rankings, which are available online here, are produced in conjunction with RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm.

U.S. News has published detailed information on more than 28,560 public high schools, including school-specific data on enrollment, student ethnicity, location, school type and results of state assessments, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of these data and a comprehensive methodology, schools were given a College Readiness Index score, with the top-scoring 6,200-plus schools receiving a gold, silver or bronze medal - and in the case of gold and silver schools, a national numerical ranking.

Dobyns-Bennett High School is ranked in the top six (6) percent of all high schools nationally at #1,736. This year D-B has placed at #17 overall and #2 for non-magnet schools in Tennessee.

“We are extremely proud that Dobyns-Bennett has once again been recognized as one of America’s best high schools by U.S. News & World Report,” said Dr. Lyle Ailshie, Kingsport City Schools Superintendent.  “While we certainly don’t operate specifically to receive such honors, it is a strong indicator that KCS is not only among the best in our region and Tennessee, but also on a world-class path to success.”

Approximately 825 Advanced Placement tests were administered to D-B students in 2015. The number of seniors graduating from D-B in 2015 was 461.

Seventy-nine (79) percent of Dobyns-Bennett High School students who completed an AP test scored at least a three (3) or above. An AP exam score ranging from a three (3) to a five (5) qualifies students for college credit in the subject area.

“This recognition is a celebration of a culture of high expectations, a belief that all students can learn and succeed and a commitment from everyone to always go the extra mile,” said Dr. Chris Hampton, Dobyns-Bennett High School Principal. “This is a collective recognition, as it takes every single one of our faculty and staff and dedication they put forth every day to provide our students with one of the best educational opportunities in the world.” 

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,100 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNPCE).

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