Top 100 Best High Schools 2013 – Newport High School – Newsweek – 80/100
Newport High School
School Classification: O
AVG SAT: 1760
AVG ACT: 26.9
AVG AP SCORE:3.6
NEWSWEEK SCORE: 3.6
4333 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA 98006, United States
Newport High School (NHS) is a public secondary school in Bellevue, Washington. It serves students in grades 9–12 in the southern part of the Bellevue School District, including the neighborhoods of Eastgate, Factoria, Newport Hills, Newport Shores, Somerset, The Summit, and Sunset. As of the 2010–2011 school year, the principal is Heidi Fedore and the assistant principals are Dusty Steere and Dan Irvine. The mascot is the Knight, and the school colors are crimson and gold.
Newport High School was built in the 1963 and opened in the fall of 1964 to accommodate Bellevue’s growing population. Prior to construction, students in the Eastgate, Somerset and Newport Hills neighborhoods went to Sammamish High School and Bellevue High School. The first graduating class was of 1966.
From 2005 to 2008, the school went through a major construction project. A new three story building replaced the original classrooms, library, and offices. The original buildings remained in use during construction of the new building. The project included extensive remodeling of the gyms and locker rooms. In early 2007, students and teachers moved into the new building. The old buildings were demolished to replace a baseball field and a softball field displaced by the new building. The project cost $54 million.
Due to its extensive Advanced Placement course offering, Newport High School has consistently been ranked in the Top 50 List of Best High Schools by Newsweek Magazine as measured by the number of AP tests taken divided by the number of seniors in the school, ranking 37th as of 2006, 31st as of 2008, and most recently 34th in 2009. Newport was also selected as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2003 by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2005 Newport High School’s World History program was recognized as exemplary in the College Board’s Report To The Nation based on its top-ranking pass rate on the national AP World History exam.