HUDSON — Hudson HIgh School was ranked No. 1 in Northeast Ohio, and No. 8 in the state, according to a recent report released Wednesday by U.S. News & World Report. It also ranked in the top 300 out of 28,813 high schools in the nation.

“There are so many good public high schools around, each with their own flavor that makes them stand out,” said Brian D. Wilch, Hudson High School principal. “To find ourselves in good company on this list, or any list, is gratifying.”

According to information provided by, to produce the 2018 Best High Schools rankings, which are only available online, U.S. News teamed up with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm.

Wilch said that Hudson’s high school students “come focused on achieving success ... we owe our parents and guardians for that.”

“Our faculty is second to none. Not only do they excel in their respective teaching disciplines, they strive to make connections with students to make school a safe and supportive environment,” Wilch said, regarding the school’s reasons for success. “Our entire district, K-12, knows its craft well. We work as a team to carry out a progressive vision that comes from the central office and our Board of Education. In Hudson, it’s always been, ‘students first.’”

Another highlight at Hudson High School that attracts and retains students is the array of programs and sports, arts and clubs available, Wilch said.

This list was posted for the first time in 2007, according to information from U.S. News. Hudson first appeared on the list in 2012, ranking No. 12 statewide, and 336th nationwide. Last year, the high school was seventh statewide and 216th nationwide.

A best high school must attain performance levels “that exceed statistical expectations given the school’s relative level of student poverty, as measured by state accountability test scores for all the school’s students in the core subjects of reading and math,” according to information from U.S. News.

It also must equal or exceed proficiency rates for “historically underserved student groups” such as low-income or minority students. The school must graduated students above national standard, and the school must prepare its students for college, as measured by participation on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423,, or ‪‪@AprilKHelms_RPC‬‬

For more on this story see the May 13 Hudson Hub-Times.

This story was updated May 10 at 5:20 p.m.