For the fifth time and fourth year in a row, Newcomerstown High School has been named a "School of Promise" for the 2009-2010 school year by the Ohio Department of Education.

"Congratulations to our high school staff and students for another 'job well done,'" said Newcomerstown High School Principal Tim Sherman. "Keep up the great work!"

In being named a "School of Promise," Newcomerstown High School is part of an elite group of 161 schools recognized this year for high achievement in reading or mathematics for all groups of students, despite having 40 percent or more of the district's students coming from low-income backgrounds.

"As a former district superintendent, principal and teacher, I recognize the many challenges associated when working with students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. I truly believe all students have the potential to succeed and that all students, regardless of their zip code, income, race, gender or disability should receive the highest quality education we can provide," said Deborah S. Delisle, superintendent of Public Instruction at the Ohio Department of Education.

Soon, a banner will be placed at NHS displaying that it has been named an Ohio "School of Promise."