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Every Hillsborough high school makes list of 'most challenging' schools

Published Jun. 2, 2012

For the first time, every Hillsborough County high school has cracked a well-known ranking of America's best high schools.

The list, now called America's Most Challenging High Schools, is published by the Washington Post. It debuted in 1998 as the Challenge Index.

Plant High School in South Tampa led all Hillsborough schools by being ranked 57th nationally, followed by Hillsborough at 62nd and Robinson at 67th. Making its first appearance on the list is Steinbrenner High School, which opened three years ago, in 99th place. All 27 traditional high schools in Hillsborough landed on the list, as did Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate Charter High School.

The list uses a formula that considers the amount of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and college-level tests given at a school as well as the number of graduating seniors. The list, previously known as America's Best High Schools, was published until last year by Newsweek magazine. Hillsborough High School is no stranger to the list, landing in the top 100 every year except 2003. Plant High has been in the top 100 annually since 2004. In total, 317 schools throughout Florida made the list.

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