Fresh off Top 500 ranking, Beverly Hills High School continues to be pushed toward greatness by impassioned school board

BHUSD cites positivity and passion behind high school’s national success
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(PR NewsChannel) / May 15, 2013 / BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. 

Beverly Hills High SchoolNamed as one of U.S. News and World Report’s Top 500 high schools in the nation last month, Beverly Hills High School doesn’t seem to be resting on its laurels.

Noting that the school’s “Gold Medal” status is extremely positive in light of BHHS not ranking in 2012, superintendent Dr. Gary Woods recently pushed an agenda focused on progress to The Beverly Hills Courier.

“We are back on track and making progress both at the state level and national level,” Woods told The Courier. “We have a long way to go and are determined to continue pushing for progress at all levels.”

U.S. News and World Report bases their rankings on various criteria including overall state test performance, math and reading proficiency rates among disadvantaged students and the college readiness of graduates.

Despite the school being ranked 443rd out of over 21,000 of high schools across the nation, the Beverly Hills Unified School District continues to push the fabled school to even greater heights.

“There’s always room for improvement, and I know our superintendent and principal are turning their attention to further steps to make us the best of the best,” Board of Education President Jake Manaster told The Courier. “I join my colleagues on the Board of Education on congratulating our students and staff. This is yet another accomplishment in what I’ve called ‘the parade of positives’ this year.”

Keeping an eye toward the future, the BHUSD has continually pushed Beverly Hills High School to be the best it can be and has even gone to bat to ensure the school’s future is secured.

Founded in 1927, Beverly Hills High School alumni has ranged from the Hollywood elite and musicians to notable authors and government officials. Distinguished graduates include Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage, Lenny Kravitz, Rob Reiner, Peter Schiff and California Chief Justice Ronald M. George.

Some graduates credit the school for paving their way to success.

“Between myself and my two daughters, Beverly Hills High School has played a tremendous part in our lives,” said Lisa Korbatov, a former alumni and current Beverly Hills unified school board member. “I know there are plenty of people who can relate to that. It’s only fitting that we should try to give something back to the school and the community.”

The Beverly Hills school board has led the charge against the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) efforts to declare the school seismically unsafe, which would ultimately destroy Beverly Hills High. The BHUSD commissioned definitive scientific research, backed by the California Geological Survey, in a battle royale to save the school.

Glenn Selig
PR Firm: The Publicity Agency
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SOURCE:  Beverly Hills Unified School District

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