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The best high school in each state

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U.S. News Releases 2015 Best High Schools Rankings

A high school diploma has become vital to career and financial success, and the U.S. high school graduation rate has climbed higher than ever before.

To determine which schools are best preparing their students for college and careers, U.S. News looked at more than 29,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the 2015 Best High Schools rankings, released today. Across the country, 500 high schools received gold medals, 2,027 schools earned silver and 3,990 took home bronze. Out of all the states, Maryland performed best overall in the rankings. Nearly 30 percent of its eligible high schools earned gold or silver medals. On the other end of the spectrum, no schools received gold or silver medals in Alabama and South Dakota. Those states did not give U.S. News permission to use key data for the rankings.

Click through to see the top schools by state from the 2015 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings.

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