Whitman had highest graduation rate last year


Graphic by Alex Silber.

By Eric Neugeboren

Whitman’s graduation rate for the Class of 2017 was the highest in the county, with 97.9 percent of students graduating on time, a release by the Maryland Department of Education reported.

The graduation rate marks a 1.8 percent increase from 2016, when Whitman finished fourth in the county. The report also detailed a countywide increase in the African American graduation rate by .5 percent to 88.2 percent and the county’s surpassing of the average state graduation rate by two percent, reaching 89.52 percent.

“We’re proud of the progress we’ve made in closing gaps and maintaining one of the highest graduation rates in the state,” superintendent Jack Smith said in a press release.

Principal Alan Goodwin credits the high graduation rate to the hard work of staff and students.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Goodwin said. “All schools work hard to help their students graduate and sometimes we’re more effective at it than other times, but it’s a continuing challenge for us and every school.”

Senior Ayzhan Murphy also believes Whitman’s wide range of resources and students’ dedication have contributed to the high graduation rate, she said.

“The teachers and counselors always ensure that you take all the classes that you need to,” Murphy said. “There’s also a general sense in the community that people want to go to college and graduate high school on time.”