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MSMS Named One of America's Best High Schools

Columbus, Miss. -- For the third year in a row The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science has been named one of the best high schools in America.

Out of 5,500 schools surveyed by national publication The Daily Beast, MSMS ranked number 57. Last year the school was ranked at number 352.

“Since the 2013-2014 school year aimed at breaking into the top 100, I’m thrilled we got it done in one year,” said MSMS Executive Director Dr. Germain McConnell. “This is a testament to the incredible faculty, staff, and student population here at MSMS.”

Not only was MSMS named as one of the nation’s top 100 high schools, but it was also singled out as among the top 25 high schools in the South.

“I can’t get over the fact that we jumped nearly 300 spots in the rankings,” said MSMS Admissions Counselor Wade Leonard. “The entire state of Mississippi should be very proud today.”

MSMS is Mississippi’s only public, residential high school for the state’s most academically talented students. The school, which was founded in 1987, is located in Columbus, Miss. on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women. The school serves high school juniors and seniors from every corner of the state of Mississippi. Students who wish to attend MSMS must apply during their sophomore years of high school.

“I can’t stress enough that MSMS is an option for every bright student in the state, and that we are a public school,” said Leonard. “One of the best high schools in America belongs to you regardless of whether you live in Pelahatchie or Ocean Springs or Olive Branch or Natchez or anywhere in between.”

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