GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - City High Middle School has been named the second-best high school in Michigan by U.S. News & World Report for 2013.
The high school has consistently ranked as a top performing school in West Michigan, and also ranked 255th in the report's top 300 high schools in the nation.
City High Middle School was also one of five schools in the Grand Rapids Public Schools system to be named a "reward" school by the Michigan Department of Education. Schools receive the status of being a "reward" school if they are in the top 5 percent of highest performing schools in the state.
Other GRPS "reward" schools include Blanford School, the Center for Economicology, Coit Creative Arts Academy and Zoo School.
As part of GRPS' transformation plan, City High Middle School, which includes students in seventh through 12th grades, and the sixth grade Center for Economicology will relocate to the building that used to house Creston High School this fall.
Following the ranking announcement, City High Middle Principal Michael Pascoe said he has his eye on the top spot in 2014.
"Now that we have the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programmes fully developed, we are well positioned to give International Academy in Bloomfield a run for their money," Pascoe said. "Second best in the state is certainly an honor, but we want the top spot."
We get a brief break from the "lake-effect machine" Friday.
A few flurries occurred Thursday night. Lows held in the teens and the wind relaxed to the 5 to 10 mph range, with 20s at the Lake Michigan.
On Thursday, the medical examiner's office said CMU student Kelly Markatos died as a result of the eating disorder bulimia.