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: