Durham school only Triangle school to graduate 100 percent

Posted October 11, 2011 3:07 p.m. EDT
Updated October 11, 2011 3:38 p.m. EDT

— Durham's Hillside New Tech High School, the only high school in the Triangle to achieve a 100 percent graduation rate last year, was among schools and school systems honored Tuesday by state leaders.

The data reflects students who began high school in fall 2007 and graduated within four years. The statewide average for the Class of 2011 was 77.9 percent.

Union County Public Schools did the best among large school districts of more than 2,000 students, with a graduation rate of 89 percent last year. Catawba County Schools took honors for medium-sized districts, with an 86 percent graduation rate. Districts with fewer than 1,000 students were led by Elkin City Schools, where 92 percent graduated. 

From the Triangle, only the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools system ranked in the top 10, graduating 88.3 percent.

Wake County's Green Hope High School and Panther Creek High School ranked among the best of the largest individual schools. Green Hope High graduated 95.2 percent, and Panther Creek High 93.4 percent of students in four years.