Columbia High School named as one of the most influential public high schools
In the United States through academic influence
MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Columbia High School was ranked number 21 among 50 of the most influential public high schools in the United States by athletes and data scientists on the education ranking website Academic Influence.
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“We identified the top 50 public high schools in the US based on the cumulative influence of their alumni. The impact is based on analysis of web traffic and quotes from alumni associated with these high schools, ”the website’s introduction to the list reads. Academic Influence rates schools based on their associated influencers, taking into account both faculty and alumni. They use machine learning to track influence and map the relevant connections between people and institutions. Based on their analysis, ranked schools have a higher concentration of influential people associated with them.
However, the list featured only a few of CHS’s notable alumni, current and former athletes such as Pat Summerall, Laremy Tunsil, Yatil Green, and Trey Marshall.
No mention was made of Hall of Fame alumni in other fields whose influence can be felt far beyond their professions, such as the scientist Alfred Kinsey, the musician Max Weinberg, the writers Judith Viorst and Charles K. Williams, the entertainers Lauryn Hill, Elizabeth Shue and Andrew Shue, and Ultimate Frisbee film producer and co-inventor Joel Silver. This may have been a web traffic analysis trap, as a professional athlete’s high school is mentioned far more often on the internet than, say, the father of studying human sexuality.
The leaderboard admired Columbia for its “diverse activities, including an improvisation club, a chess team and an ultimate [sic] Frisbee team and a step team. There are over 35 sports available at the school, and students pursuing college or professional sports careers are often featured in their hall of fame. “
The rate of college attendance was also mentioned. “Ninety-two percent of the 2019 class continued their studies in a two- or four-year college. Columbia regularly hosts representatives from colleges such as Columbia University, Duke University, and Penn State. “
CHS Director Frank Sanchez told TAPinto SOMA what an honor it was to put the school on the national list. It speaks “the great fellowship … the inspiring ability and tradition of mentoring that we have here. We had students here who made a huge impact in the world after high school. “I’m not surprised that CHS was selected as one of the most influential public universities in the country. Hence our Alumni Hall of Fame [induction] is always one of the highlights of the year. “
He said he was impressed with the school’s reputation when he applied for the headmaster position. Sanchez is still in his first year of employment. “I was very intimidated on my first day when I entered this building because of its rich history.”
Sanchez also said he sees the student body as influential for years to come: “We have some great students who are attending some really great schools this year. I don’t think it’s something that’s in the past – I think it’s the past, present, and hopefully the future. “
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