2021 National Blue Ribbon School

2021 Blue Ribbon Schools

U.S. Department of Education Announces 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today recognized the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2021. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. 

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.  Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools. In 2021, a total of 325 schools (302 public and 23 non-public) were recognized in 45 states plus the District of Columbia (D.C.) and Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Of the 302 public schools awarded, approximately 15% were recognized at the high school level.

“To receive this award is a true honor.  There isn't one person in this building who hasn't contributed in helping to make this happen.  Mr. Harrington and I are truly blessed to work with a dedicated group of educators, along with so many talented students.  We also are appreciative of the parents and community for the support they provide our students and staff at the Senior High School.  Go Tigers!” Dr. Maureen Letcher, Senior High Principal    

“We are very proud of the hard work that Dr. Letcher, Mr. Harrington and their dedicated staff have invested into making Hollidaysburg Senior High School a warm and friendly learning environment where all students have the opportunity to excel.  Our students have made the best of the wide array of opportunities to excel in academics, the arts and athletics.  We are grateful to the school board and our community for their continued commitment to the education of our youth.” Dr. Robert Gildea, Superintendent of School.

“Awards of this caliber are only achieved by the hard work and cooperation of all individuals involved  in the education  process.  The board is very proud of all who have helped achieve this reward.”  Dr. Ron Sommer - Board President

The Department recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High-Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. 

  • Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students. 

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon Schools nominations from the top education officials in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.


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