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Houston High School named top 3 in the state

HOUSTON, Minn. (KTTC) -- Houston High School has been profiled as one of the top three high schools in the state of Minnesota.

As the bell rang at Houston High School Wednesday, students moved through the hallways as a proud student body.

"You always hear schools brag about their championships, but they tend to not talk about their academics," said senior Nick Peplinski. "It's definitely something we are not afraid to do here."

The students in Houston don't just break a physical sweat, but they break mental sweat at a gold medal level.

"When I looked at the rankings last night I saw that we were 308th. I said we aren't going to get a silver medal. But then again, I realized that's a national ranking and then when I looked at Minnesota we are third. We aren't getting a silver medal, we are getting a gold medal, and everyone erupted in cheers," said Houston High Principal Todd Lundberg.

Despite being a school of merely 200, they rank high amongst the larger schools in the U.S. News & World Report by following their teachers' leads, remaining focused in class, and preparing for life by being one move ahead. 

"Our teachers are awesome.  We really have a great staff, and they work very, very hard, and the kids recognize that.  They want to take them.  They are okay with taking the classes that have more rigor because they know the teachers will help them get through it," said Lundberg.

An impressive stat: 96 percent of the senior class is enrolled in an AP course. The school offers four AP courses with nearly half the students passing the AP exam for college credit.

"You know you're going to have to take it in college, so it's nice to take the heads up and to pass AP so you don't have to take it in college," said senior Brooke Johnston.

They are a group that shows that even the smallest school can be more than just fish in the sea.
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