Newcomerstown High School received a congratulatory letter from Deborah S. Delisle, superintendent of Public Instruction in Ohio, recognizing the school as a bronze ranking in the U.S. News and World Report 2009 list of the nation's best high schools.

NHS Principal Tim Sherman said, "This honor is certainly a testament to the high quality education Newcomerstown High School provides to all students."

According to the U.S. News and World Report, schools on the list are evaluated on how well they educate all students, including minority and economically disadvantaged students, and how well students are prepared for college.

"Our teachers, staff and students are to be commended for their hard work and commitment to achieving excellence. It is clear our school has established a positive and supportive environment that fosters learning and academic achievement," Sherman said, "So, if you see any of our staff members or students, please congratulate them on being named one of the nation's top high schools by U.S. News and World Report. Best wishes for continued success!"

(A copy of the report can be found at