It's very much in fashion to give the state of Illinois a hard time about many different issues. Fair enough. But, if you're gonna throw grief at the Land of Lincoln when it messes something up, it's also only fair to give the state praise when it's deserved. That's the case right now as 6 Illinois high schools were just ranked among the top 50 in America.

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This brand new 2024 ranking was just shared today by 24/7 Wall St Illinois parents, you really should be proud of these results. Here are 6 Illinois public high schools that are part of the 50 best in the nation. Outstanding. By the way, there is science at work here with each school ranked based on graduation rate, SAT and ACT scores among many other metrics.

44. Hinsdale Central High School - Hinsdale, Illinois, Graduation rate 94%, Avg. SAT score: 1360 out of 1600, Avg. ACT score: 31 out of 36.

38. Glenbrook North High School - Northbrook, Illinois, Graduation rate 98%, Avg. SAT score: 1340 out of 1600, Avg. ACT score: 30 out of 36.

35. Glenbrook South High School - Glenview, Illinois, Graduation rate 98%, Avg. SAT score: 1310 out of 1600, Avg. ACT score: 30 out of 36.

34. Neuqua Valley High School - Naperville, Illinois, Graduation rate 98%, Avg. SAT score: 1330 out of 1600, Avg. ACT score: 29 out of 36.

33. New Trier Township High School - Winnetka, Illinois, Graduation rate 98%, Avg. SAT score: 1350 out of 1600, Avg. ACT score: 30 out of 36.

10. Adlai E. Stevenson High School  - Lincolnshire, Illinois, Graduation rate 97%, Avg. SAT score: 1360 out of 1600, Avg. ACT score: 31 out of 36.

Back when I was in high school (my kids refer to it as the Stone Age), I got a 27 on my ACT test and thought I was a genius. My score wouldn't even be considered average by these Illinois high schools.

Well done, Illinois public education. All of these schools deserve a standing ovation for results like this.

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