U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced today that William Mason High School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. MHS is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor.
The largest high school in Ohio, MHS creates big opportunities for each of our 3,500 students to lead their learning, find their niche, and hone their passions. MHS students are securing patents, starting businesses, serving others, and speaking out.
“Our high school is very honored to be recognized for the greatness that is happening as our students, staff and families grow together. The award is not only for our school but the entire Mason community,” said Dr. Gail Kist-Kline, Mason City Schools superintendent.
Schools are usually recognized in one of two categories — closing a wide gap between low- and high-performing students, or, as with MHS, exemplary high performance over a five-year period.
MHS Principal Dave Hyatt said there are many things that make Mason High School special, but the school is particularly proud of its culture that empowers student voice.
“Our students tackle issues large and small that make our school, our community, and our world better. We are grateful to learn beside these young people who are already making their mark,” said Hyatt. "We have an amazing staff that truly does "grow greatness" in the many "classrooms" we provide for our kids and community. I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am to walk alongside each of you. Thank you for all you do and CONGRATULATIONS!" he shared in an email message to his staff.
Watch MHS students celebrate today's announcement.
Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices.
Kist-Kline, Hyatt and a MHS teacher chosen by the high school staff will represent Mason High School at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., to celebrate their hard-won achievements.
About Mason High School
MHS students engage in a strong college-preparatory curriculum that includes 24 Advanced Placement courses, a student-run school bank, a student-run school store, student-run media outlets, and internships. Students learn outside the classroom in over 70 clubs, 68 athletic teams, three yearly theatrical productions, and a plethora of art and music offerings.