The annual ranking of public high schools by U.S. News and World Report puts Walnut Hills High School at No. 47 in the nation — a jump of 30 points from 2016 — and again ranks Walnut Hills as the No. 1 high school in Ohio.
Walnut Hills also received a Gold Medal from the magazine, which is awarded to the top 500 high schools nationally and is based on how well the school prepares students for college.
“We’re very proud of the students and faculty at Walnut Hills for their consistent stellar performance. These rankings tell us what we already know — that Walnut Hills is a wonderful place for students to learn, to grow academically and socially, and to be successful,” said Cincinnati Superintendent Mary Ronan.
The 2017 U.S. News rankings include data on more than 22,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools are awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on students’ performance on state assessments and the students’ college-readiness.
Walnut Hills High School was founded in 1895 as a neighborhood school within Cincinnati Public Schools and, in 1918, began its focus as a college-preparatory high school. Offering a rigorous classic college-preparatory curriculum that includes Latin classes, Walnut Hills consistently is ranked among the nation’s top 100 schools over the past decade.
Walnut Hills offers one of the nation’s largest selections of Advanced Placement courses; the AP participation rate at Walnut Hills is 100 percent. Students must pass an academic entrance exam for admission to Walnut Hills.