ELIZABETH, NJ – Elizabeth High School has been named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, one of 335 schools nationwide and 15 statewide, by the United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

The selections were made based on the schools overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Along with 285 public and 50 private schools, EHS will be honored by the Department at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 9-10 in Washington, D.C.

EHS is the fifth National Blue Ribbon School award received by the Elizabeth Public Schools in the past ten years. The national academic excellence award was received by William F. Halloran School No. 22 in 2006 and 2014, Victor Mravlag School No. 21 in 2008, and Terence C. Reilly School No. 7 in 2011.

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“This honor recognizes your students’ accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success,” Duncan said in a video message to the awardees.  “Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence—in vision, in implementation, and in results—and we want to learn as much as we can from you.”

“Receiving this award was made possible by each of you setting your sights on excellence and working toward it with great passion and determination,” EHS principal Michael Cummings said to members of the EHS community. “I am proud of each of you for your commitment to excellence and proud to be a part of such a wonderful learning community.”

“We believe that every student, regardless of demography and economic status, can be inspired to achieve excellence,” said Elizabeth Public Schools Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “This prestigious award is the latest in a line of recent awards and recognitions that represent the commitment by the Elizabeth High School learning community to set high expectations and achieve at exceptional levels.”