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Petal High School Achieves Status as a U.S. News & World Report Best High School

Petal High School

August 30, 2023

PETAL, Miss. – Petal High School (PHS) has earned high national, state and metro-area rankings in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-24 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 seven in Mississippi High Schools and in the Top 40% nationally.

“This ranking reflects the dedication of our great faculty, staff, students and community,” said Dr. Matt Dillon, Petal School District superintendent. “It is a testament to their commitment to academic excellence, innovative teaching and providing a nurturing environment where every student can thrive.”

The 2023-24 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.