Minuteman Commended for National Blue Ribbon Award
Minuteman High School Named 2018 National Blue Ribbon School
by United States Depatment of Education
Minuteman Vocational/Technical High School in Lexington, has been named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School. The announcement of the nation’s honorees was made on October 1, 2018, by Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Abington High School and Swampscott High School were the other two Massachusetts high schools that earned this recognition in 2018.
According to a U.S. Department of Education press release, National Blue Ribbon Schools earn that designation by excelling in one of two performance categories; Either as Exemplary High Performing Schools or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools, “which are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years.”
All three National Blue Ribbon Schools from Massachusetts, including Minuteman, were cited for being Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools. A ceremony for all of the 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools across the country was recently held at the Omni Shoreham, in Washington DC, on Thursday, November 7, 2018. Minuteman was represented at the awards ceremony by their Principal, Jack Dillon, English Lead Teacher, Greg Donovan, and Math Lead Teacher, John Fusco.
Minuteman was the sole vocational/technical high school in the state to be accorded the award this year. Minuteman and Worcester Technical High School are the only two vocational/technical high schools in Massachusetts to ever earn this status. Worcester received their National Blue Ribbon Award in 2013.
Jack Dillon, Minuteman’s Principal is seen above (second from left), holding the 2018 National Blue Ribbon Award. Next to Dillon is Math Lead Teacher, John Fusco and opposite them is English Lead Teacher, Greg Donovan.