CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham High ranked No. 7 overall in the state, and No. 3 among public New Jersey schools in the rankings of Top New Jersey High Schools, according to rankings published Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report.

The only public schools to rank higher than Chatham were Elizabeth and Princeton, which came in as No. 5 and No. 6 in the state, respectively. The top-ranked schools in New Jersey, according to the report, are 1-High Technology of Lincroft. 2-Dr. Ronald E. McNair of Jersey City. 3-Bergen County Technical of Teterboro. 4-Union County Magnet of Scotch Plains.

"I was notified (Tuesday)," Darren Groh, Chatham High Principal, said. "We're very proud of what our kids have done. You look at the national ranking, you look at the state ranking. It's always an honor to be recognized for the hard work our students and our staff do on a regular basis."

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Chatham earned a Gold Medal in the rankings and a national ranking of No. 189. Schools are ranked on how students perform on state tests and their preparedness for college. Seventy-seven percent of Chatham High students participate in Advanced Placement classes.

"We're always pleasantly surprised when we're named in any ranking like that," Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa said. "We're proud of the students."

Chatham's Scorecard in the ranking: