The Oak Harbor School District has a lot to celebrate these days.
For the first time ever, Oak Harbor High School has received a bronze medal in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools rankings, according to a news release.
Graduation rates, advance placement programs and other factors are included in determining the awards. According to Superintendent Lance Gibbon, the award is a reflection of the high caliber of the district’s high school programs and staff.
“Keep in mind there are a quarter million schools in America, and we have programs that are not in the top 10 percent, but the top 10,” Gibbon said during a community forum on housing last week. “We’re sending our robotics team to the World Championships, we’ve got a baking champion that’s going to nationals and we’ve got nine students that are going to nationals in DECA. That’s something we’re really proud of and we want to keep those programs going.”
Oak Harbor High School was also recognized for having the third-highest homeless graduation rate in the state as mentioned by the Seattle Times and the district also received $194,000 in grants for the construction of a covered outdoor play area at Crescent Harbor and improvements/completion of the exercise trail at Olympic View.
In addition, the high school robotics team is headed to the world championships in St. Louis following its recent win of the Chairman’s Award at a regional competition. And as Gibbon mentioned, nine DECA students will head to Tennessee for the national competition. Three DECA teams placed in the top 10 in America last year.
OHHS senior Genevieve Boushey will attend the a national baking competition in Louisville, Kentucky.
following her win at the Washington Skills USA Commercial Baking competition in Tacoma. And OHHS student Will Stuntz was the recent first place winner in the jewelry category at the Washington State High School Metalsmithing Art Show.
“Oak Harbor is truly an educational leader in our state and I hope you share my pride in being a part of a district doing such wonderful things for students,” Gibbon said in an email. “I would be remiss not to mention that much of this is also made possible because of local levy dollars invested in our schools. As you can see, those investments are yielding OH-mazing returns.”