Morristown Named One of ‘America’s Best High Schools’

MHS was in Newsweek’s annual list of the top 2,000 high schools in the nation


Morristown High School was named one of the country’s best high schools in the Newsweek and Daily Beast’s annual ‘America’s Best High Schools’ list, released Monday.

The list ranked what it called the 2,000 best high schools across the country.

Morristown High School was ranked No. 1272.

According to an explanation in Newsweek, schools across the nation were ranked based on six criteria – graduation rate, college acceptance rate, advanced exams (AP, IB and AICE tests) taken per student, average SAT or ACT score, average advanced placement score, and percentage of students enrolled in at least one advanced placement class.

Newsweek asked more than 5,000 high schools across the country to report their data from the 2010-11 school year. About 2,500 schools responded, and were ranked based on weighted calculations of the criteria listed above.

Check the table below to see how Morristown was ranked compared to other districts in Morris County.

Rank School

 Graduation   Rate (%)

 College  Bound (%) Avg SAT Avg ACT Avg AP Score 173 Chatham High School 100 97 1747 26.6 3.9 284 West Morris Mendham High School 99 96 1727 25 3.5 296 Madison High School 100 96 1695 23.9 3.9 415 Montville Township High School 99 94 1698 25 4 535 West Morris Central High School 98 94 1661 23 3.4 575 Hanover Park High School 96 97 1596 22.8 3.6 591 Kinnelon 96 97 1648 24.1 3.3 625 Whippany Park High School 97 93 1617 23 3.7 1272 Morristown High School 84 90 1622 25 3.6

Overall, the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Kentucky was rated No. 1. Check out the whole list here.

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FunkyMotown May 07, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Interesting list...out of 93 NJ schools, Morristown High was only better than 13 of them. It's great to be on this list at all obviously, but looks like Motown is getting whooped by other NJ schools.
David Salvaggio May 07, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Am I reading the chart wrong? It seems like Morristown High is ranked 1272---not 615.
Jayme Siegel Harvey May 07, 2013 at 07:04 PM
@Funky Monkey according to the NJ Department of Education there are 485 Public secondary schools in NJ (590 School Districts). This does not include charter schools although the list above does. The fact that Morristown High School is number 80 on that list should be celebrated! If you look on that list, many of the schools are selective, not open enrollment like Morristown High school. Further more, the demographics of Morristown High School are more diverse than many high schools in New Jersey and certainly much more diverse than all the other Morris County schools on that list. My son is currently a senior at the high school. He and his classmates have accomplished much and have been accepted into virtually every Ivy League University and/or top tier school in this nation. My guess is that our statistics regarding college acceptances is equal to, if not better than, some of the surrounding non-diverse school districts as well as some of the more notable private schools. I cannot sing the praises of Morristown High School loud enough!
Jayme Siegel Harvey May 07, 2013 at 07:05 PM
I noticed that too...
Kim Tran (Editor) May 07, 2013 at 09:52 PM
You're right. Thanks so much for catching that. I fixed it in the story
Susan Ticker May 08, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Whatever the ranking is all I know is that MHS (along with all the other schools in the district) prepared my three children for college, graduate school, and beyond. What I tell young parents who look at these ranikngs in an effort to determine where to live and raise their families, is that it's not just about the rankings but also about what each student brings to the table. Looking back at our choice to live and raise our family here we all say there is no other place or school district we would have chosen. Go Mo'Town!!
Terry May 08, 2013 at 11:13 AM
What is bringing the rank down is the fact that the graduate rate is only 84% at MHS. If you look at the other columns it fares as well or better than some of the other Morris County High Schools.
Sharon Sutich May 08, 2013 at 11:33 AM
It wasn't until my daughter went to college that she began to fully appreciate the fine education she got at Morristown High School. They prepare students to succeed!
David Steketee May 08, 2013 at 01:41 PM
There is also great disparity within the school when it comes to performance across socio-economic lines. Morristown HS is considerably more diverse than Chatham and Madison HS.
what a surprise May 08, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Morristown is fantastic ..... If you can't afford mendham, Chatham, Madison - I mean really one if the schools I Newark out ranks Motown- it's a ghetto school and if your children do well, your lucky. But let's cut the bs - schools full of students that don't speak the language or have one parent are a dicey proposition at best. At worst they drag your child down because you are teaching to the lowest common denominator
what a surprise May 08, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Yeah this is a great number - if Motown wasn't bordered by schools that crush it and where house prices and taxes are roughly equivalent. Lets cut the bs- morristown is dragged down in the rankings because of a large number of lowest common denominator students. Sending your child there if you are can afford private school or to live in Chatham, Harding or mendham is plAying Russian roulette with their life and education.
what a surprise May 08, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Wow - I am going to move out of mendham and right into Motown so my child can get a fantastic education at morristown high. Right ..........
what a surprise May 08, 2013 at 05:04 PM
My bad - writing on I phone so cannot see full post / correct grammar errors.
Jayme Siegel Harvey May 08, 2013 at 05:51 PM
@What a surprise..Are you aware that quite possibly the only public school in the nation with 2 students getting a perfect score in one sitting on the SAT's came from Morristown High School, not Mendham? Did you know that Morristown High School had a student in the finals of the Intel Science Competition or that we had 2 students nominated as Presidential Scholars, 1 of whom, along with a student from Delbarton was selected as a Presidential Scholar. Mendham had 0 students achieve those honors. ( here is the link just in case you want to see for yourself http://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/2013/candidates.pdf ) 1 of our students finished first in NJ Math League. Ooops..Mendham didn't do that either. We have students in regional bands and choirs as well as students being honored for athletics and art. One of our Students was recently honored on a national level for volunteerism. Yes, we have a very diverse population at Morristown High School--and thank goodness for that. The real world is not lily white and upper middle class. The real world looks just like Morristown High School. Our school not only provides a stellar education for ALL our students, but it teaches our children what the world is really like. I feel so fortunate that my child has had the opportunity to pass through Morristown High School's hallowed halls. Your comments make you out as a very ignorant and shallow. I will assume you are an anomaly and do not accurately represent the citizens of Mendham.
Rich May 09, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Morristown High School succeeds (for my kids and yours) despite people like "whatasurprise." Do us all a favor and stay in Mendham.
Erik D. May 09, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Right on, Jayme.
Susan Ticker May 09, 2013 at 06:27 PM
I am only left to wonder what proud school district you are a product of. Thank you for staying across the "border" in Mendham.
still smarter than you May 10, 2013 at 06:21 AM
What a surprise should go back to school perhaps
FunkyMotown May 10, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Good points Jayme! I am a Motown alumni and can say MHS provided excellent opportunities and more than thoroughly prepared me for life after HS. A child must be willing to take advantage the school. There are a lot of very challenging courses and excellent teachers. On the other side, there are ways to slack and coast thru high school also. I wasn't trying to knock MHS; I was just surprised at how many NJ schools (on the list) "beat us". As other mentioned, the graduation rate of 84% really does seem to knock down the MHS score (in this survey). Also, good point that there are probably 13 or so "selective" (i.e. not open enrollment) schools on the list above MHS. As for the diversity issue, I have always believed the diversity of the MHS student population to be one of its strongest characteristics. The diverse students provide an intangible, thus immeasurable, value to the school; it provides a much more realistic life experience as opposed to a private school, or public school in a wealthier town. Snobs like @whatasurprise exist, and they're entitled to keep their children in a protective insulated bubble, only surrounded by similar people. I think diversity is humbling, because one realizes that as different as everyone seems, we are really just all people. Mendham and Harding have higher graduation rates, but they also have higher snob rates (not saying all Mendham-ites and Harding-ians are snobs). Don't overlook what snobbiest can do to your child!
FunkyMotown May 10, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Motown is not a ghetto school. We have a fencing team and a pool!
papa motown May 13, 2013 at 03:06 PM
"What a Surprise" comments may be one-sided, but respectfully I must say so are Mr. Harvey's. Not sure how you can be so sure that the High School provides a "stellar education for ALL our students". You can only speak for your own experience. I know plenty that would disagree.
Jayme Siegel Harvey May 13, 2013 at 03:46 PM
@Papa Motown, your point is well taken. You are of course correct, everyone's experience will be different at any given school and in fact, there are some in even the best schools in our state who would argue that their children are not getting a good education. That said, however, the education that can be had at Morristown is as good or better than those of the surrounding towns and that is what we are discussing here. We are also discussing the fact that education may not only be IN the classroom, education occurs all around us, and if we live in a one sided world, we loose out on all the vitality that diversity brings to life. Morristown High School not only provides the opportunity for a student to get an excellent (no hyperbole this time) education but it also provides our students with real world diversity and the education of how to deal with all sorts of people. Oh and one more thing...It's MS Harvey, not MR.
debbie June 01, 2013 at 11:11 AM
What a surprise - I take offense to your statistic including "has one parent". I'm a single parent in Morris Twp. My children are good kids, good students and polite. In makes me furious when I hear/read narrow minded comments like yours. I parent my children better than most "intact" families I know Choose your analogies better ... Because you sound uneducated yourself posting nonsense like that


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