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Basehor-Linwood High School wins National Blue Ribbon Schools honor

Basehor-Linwood High School is located at 2108 N. 155th St. in Basehor.

Basehor-Linwood High School is located at 2108 N. 155th St. in Basehor.

September 7, 2012

2012 Kansas Blue Ribbon Schools

Exemplary High Performing Schools, recognized for scoring among the best on state assessments:

• Basehor-Linwood High School

• Blue Valley High School, Stilwell

• Goddard High School, Goddard

• St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Overland Park

Exemplary Improving Schools, recognized for improvements with at least 40 percent of students from disadvantaged backgrounds:

• Garden City High School, Garden City

• Marshall Elementary School, Eureka

Basehor-Linwood High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Friday, one of six schools in the state to earn the honor for 2012.

Across the country, 269 elementary, middle and high schools were honored. Basehor-Linwood was one of four public high schools from Kansas on the list.

“We are in very good company,” said Basehor-Linwood Superintendent David Howard.

The Blue Ribbon honor is awarded to schools that score among the best on state assessment tests, as well as to schools with higher levels of disadvantaged students that make sizable improvements.

Howard said much of the credit should go to BLHS Principal Sherry Reeves, other administration and the school’s teachers for a focus on tougher standards in recent years.

“There’s been a concerted effort to improve academic rigor at our high school,” Howard said.

Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker nominated BLHS for the honor in December 2011 after it finished among the top 15 percent of schools statewide on reading and math assessments in the 2010-11 school year. Officials also examined the school’s scores in 2011-12, Howard said, to make sure that it maintained its performance.

Howard said the entire school district deserves credit for the performance of the high school students, many of whom attended elementary and middle school in Basehor-Linwood as well.

A team of staff members at BLHS put together a required lengthy application for the Blue Ribbon award after the school was nominated last winter. The school will receive the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in November.

Howard said the district would also have its community and parents to thank, for showing a great deal of involvement in students’ success.

“We’re just very fortunate,” Howard said. “We’re in a great place here.”


Ronald Grover 9 years, 11 months ago


Teachers, students and administration all deserve to take a bow! And, not to forget you parents that are ever present in the students lives. Go ahead and pat yourselves on the back, you are a part of this too.


amykumpula 9 years, 11 months ago

Congratulations BLHS! Very impressive! Keep up the great work!


Talisman 9 years, 11 months ago


This is an outstanding award that should be celebrated by the students and faculty. Great job BLHS!


johninbasehor 9 years, 11 months ago

Congratulations to the Basehor school district and all that contribute to it. This is a great honor and shows that our school district and leaders are very much doing things right. It makes residents proud to be a part of this district and lets us know that the money being spent by the school leaders is going to the right areas. Again, congratulations on a job well done.


Thinkaboutit 9 years, 11 months ago

Keep up the hard work everybody! Well Done


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