Awards & Accolades - Herron High School
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Awards & Accolades

Herron High School has received numerous honors and distinctions for academic quality. Consistently rated as one of the state and nation’s best public high schools, its list of accomplishments include:

2020 – Ranked as the #1 public high school in Metro Indianapolis according to US News and World Report, and in the top 1 percent of all public high schools in the Nation

2020 – Indiana Department of Education awards Herron High School with an A grade on the state accountability report card

2018 – Ranked as the #2 public high school in Indiana according to US News and World
Report, ahead of all of other central Indiana high schools including suburban

2014 – 2018 – Designated a Gold Medal School by US News and World Report magazine.

2014 – Presented with Institute for Quality Education’s “Quality Matters” award for
excellence in education

2012 – 2018 – Ranked among the top 1 percent of high schools nationwide by Newsweek, US News and World Report and The Washington Post

2012 – 2018 – Received an “A” grade on the Indiana Department of Education accountability
report card: the only Indianapolis high school to receive that designation

2011 – 2018 – Awarded the Indiana Department of Education’s Four Star Award for Academic Excellence

2011 – Ranked #2 in the state and #208 overall in the nation in The Washington Post

2011 – One of only 6 percent of the nation’s 27,000 public schools to make it onto the “High School Challenge Index”

2010 – Honored with the NUVO Cultural Vision Award for outstanding contributions to
the community for new ideas, original work and fresh solutions for stubborn
problems in urban education

2010 – Ranked #27 in the nation on Newsweek’s list of “America’s Best High Schools.”

2009 – Ranked as the top-performing public high school in the state according to its
improvement and accountability framework.

2007 – HHS students achieved the highest ISTEP scores of all public high schools in
Marion County in language arts and math.

Other notable distinctions:

  • Graduation rates for the most recent classes were above 99 percent, far exceeding Indiana Department of Education targets and state averages.
  • 100 percent of graduates in each of the most recent graduates were accepted to a four year college or into the military and earned more than $16 million in college scholarships.
  • President Janet McNeal recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Who’s Who
    in Education.”

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