In 2007, Hinsdale Central High School eliminated class rankings. Now, the affluent suburban Chicago high school, which has been consistently named one of the best schools in the state, decided to eliminate valedictorians as well.
The Doings reports that the school’s principal said it was only natural to eliminate a position based on class rankings when the school was no longer ranking students. Instead, the school will recognize the top 2 percent of graduating classes, which would honor 13 or 14 students out of about 675 in a graduating class.
“If you don’t have class ranking, it’s a little nonsensical to recognize your top one or two students,” Hinsdale Central Principal Michael McGrory told The Doings. “Recognizing more students now with a top 2 percent won’t in any way impact kids for scholarship or college admission.”
The school decided to eliminate class rankings originally because it was “limiting students’ post-secondary and college opportunities,” McGrory said,according to NBC Chicago. The old ranking system would place a student with a 4.) GPA anywhere from 50 to 100 in a class, which limited college acceptance opportunities, he said.
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