Houston, Collierville High Rank in State’s Top Ten of Best Public Schools

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(Germantown, TN) It's safe to say Principal Leisa Justus is ecstatic that Houston High School was named 7th best public high school in Tennessee, according to a U.S. News ranking.

She credits, in large part, the community, “We serve a community who is so supportive.

The parents are supportive of their kids and what the teachers are trying to do.

We've got great students and we've got an excellent faculty that works every day to push every student.”

Students are measured on achievement from TCAP stores to ACT and SAT scores, but Houston is not alone on that list, Collierville High school ranked 9th.

“When we made the announcement at this school, I told them to make sure they congratulated their friends over at Collierville as well, so we're proud they came in on the list as well,” said Justus.

Despite the honor, Justus says everyone will continue to work hard, “Kids love to come to school here. We have one of the highest attendance rates for a high school in the county. That's crazy, but the kids love to come to school here and I think it’s because we have adults in the building who care about each and every one of them.”

Justus says one thing people may not know about Houston High is how diverse it is.

It boasts of having a 35 percent minority makeup.