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Petal High School Ranked No. 1 in Hattiesburg Metro Area, 6 in State, Top 13% in Nation

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Jennifer Rigney, Public Information Officer

April 24, 2024

PETAL, Miss. – Petal High School (PHS) has earned high national, state and metro-area rankings in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best High Schools, based on performance on state tests, graduation rate and how well the school prepares students for college.

PHS ranked number one in the Hattiesburg, MS Metro Area High School category, number six in Mississippi High Schools and in the Top 13 percent in the nation.

“This ranking reflects the dedication of our great faculty, staff, students and community,” said Dr. Matt Dillon, Petal School District superintendent. “Our faculty and staff are committed to academic excellence and provide a supportive environment where every student can thrive. Also, our partnership with families and the community’s pride for our school district is really something special.”

The 2024 edition of Best High Schools includes a numerical ranking of almost 18,000 public high schools nationwide, as well as detailed school-specific information on enrollment, graduation rates, student body demographics, location, school type and results of state assessments, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests.

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