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High schools with 90-percent graduation rates recognized at State Capitol
By Shauna Johnson | WV MetroNews

More than 90 percent of the seniors at 47 West Virginia high schools graduated as part of the Class of 2015.

On Friday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined Dr. Michael Martirano, state superintendent of schools, and Mike Green, president of the state Board of Education, along with lawmakers, school administrators and others to recognize those schools during a State Capitol ceremony.

Frankfort High School in Mineral County lead 2014-2015 graduation rates in West Virginia with 97.89 percent.

The rest of the top five: Moorefield High School in Hardy County at 97.27 percent, Wetzel County’s Paden City High School with 97.22 percent, Hannan High School in Mason County at 96.49 percent and Keyser High School in Mineral County with 96.2 percent.

MORE: List of schools with 90-percent graduation rates

Moorefield High principal Dwight Williams said the key to getting students through graduation day is showig them school officials care.

“We meet them right at the level they’re at and then we go from there,” Williams said during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline” on Friday.

“The most important thing with getting any child to succeed is allowing the child to be able to demonstrate to you that he wants to succeed.”

In recent years, Williams said his school has renewed its focus on student achievement and keeping morale high.

“It’s taken hold. I think the kids have gone home and they’re talking about their day at school and now the parents want to come and see,” he said.

Moorefield High and the 46 other schools recognized for crossing the 90-percent graduation threshold account for 40.5 percent of West Virginia’s 116 high schools.

Martirano’s five-year strategic plan for West Virginia’s schools includes a goal of improving graduation rates annually to get to 90 percent for all high school students by 2020.

Statewide, the 2014-2015 graduation rate in West Virginia was 86.5 percent, continuing a steady upward trend during the last five years.

In 2009-2010, 76.4 percent of high school students in the Mountain State graduated, according to numbers from the state Department of Education.