WASHINGTON - Detroit Lakes is one of 72 schools that made U.S. News and World Report's 2018 rankings of the best high schools in the nation, coming in at number 49th in the state and number 2,290th in the nation. It was awarded a silver metal. Brainerd High School came in even better at number 38, while Bemidji was ranked number 50 and Hawley High School was 64th. Frazee Secondary did not make the number ranking, but earned a bronze medal. Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college.
Twin Cities area schools dominated the rankings for 72 Minnesota high schools that were listed.
Nova Classical Academy Upper School in St. Paul topped Minnesota's rankings, followed by Orono Senior High School, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Secondary School, Math and Science Academy in Woodbury and Great River School in St. Paul, which all earned gold ratings.
Arizona's public schools made a strong showing, with six high schools - all of them charter schools - ranked among the top 10 nationally.
More than 20,500 high schools were evaluated by U.S. News, with 5,948 of them receiving national recognition.
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