As reported by The Sioux City Journal's Tim Gallagher:

Whiting High School earned a bronze medal from U.S. News & World Report in its "Best High School" contest.

According to Superintendent Myron Ballain of the Whiting Community School District, the magazine analyzed 21,786 public high schools in 48 states plus the District of Columbia. In all, some 1,750 schools earned a gold, silver or bronze medal.

Ballain said the honor places Whiting High among the top 8 percent of schools in the U.S.

A three-step process is used in evaluating each school. The first two steps utilize state proficiency standards to see that all students are served. A final step assesses the degree to which a school prepares students for college-level work.

Whiting also received this designation in 2007 and 2008.