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New American High Schools

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The New American High Schools initiative, started in 1996 under the direction of the United States Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, is a national recognition program for United States secondary schools.


  • Description 1
  • List of showcase sites 2
    • 1996 (10 sites) 2.1
    • 1998 (7 sites) 2.2
    • 1999 (13 sites) 2.3
    • 2000 (27 sites) 2.4
  • External links 3


In 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000, a varying number of high schools were selected and honored with the title of "New American High School showcase site" at the White House; they are intended to serve as models for schools that have achieved high levels of success. In addition to receiving national recognition, each winning school receives a stipend and technical assistance from the United States Department of Education.

No new awards have been given since 2000.

List of showcase sites

The following is an exhaustive list of sites that have been awarded the New American High School designation:

1996 (10 sites)

1998 (7 sites)

1999 (13 sites)

2000 (27 sites)

External links

  • United States Department of Education: Official Description of Initiative
  • List of New American High Schools Showcase Sites (
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