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Houston High School ranked 11th best in state

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Houston High School has been rated the eleventh best public high school in Tennessee by U.S. News & World Report.

The highly rated schools share three major traits: student bodies that perform well on state assessments, solid graduation rates and a good track record of preparing students for college.

To graduate, Tennessee high schools students must earn 22 credits in various subjects, including three credits in social studies, according to the Tennessee Department of Education.

Of the Tennessee schools in the 2016 rankings, six were awarded gold medals, 21 earned silver medals and 96 received bronze medals.

With a total enrollment of 1,879 students and 93 full-time teachers, Houston received a silver medal. The school also has a 93-percent graduation rate.

The two top-ranked schools in Tennessee are located in the state capital of Nashville, in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools district.

Houston High School students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Houston High School is 47 percent.

The student body makeup is 50 percent male and 50 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 38 percent. Collierville High School was rated the No. 10 best school in the state.

Nationally, Houston was ranked number 1,248.