U.P. high school had 100 percent graduation rate in 2016

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NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) - For the 2015-2016 school year, 100 percent of Negaunee High School's senior class received their high school diploma.

According to an MLive article looking at the top 50 Michigan public schools with the highest graduation rates, only one other school with over 75 students made the list. That was International Academy in Oakland County.

Negaunee Public School administrators attributed the rate to the lessons they teach and the environment they create.

"I have to give credit to our entire teaching staff and the entire Negaunee Public School system, our students and our parents," Negaunee High School Principal Mark Marana said. "I mean, that's a remarkable and excellent goal to have and recognition to have."

Administrators said the high rates wouldn't be possible without great teachers and a supportive community.

"I don't think any of this is possible without the communities support," Negaunee Public Schools Superintendent Dan Skewis said. "Even if people don't have children in the district anymore, they're still very supportive, whether it's businesses or people who attend our extra curricular activities. A lot of times they don't realize how much students appreciate that."

Over the past 5 years, the district has averaged a 98.1 percent graduation rate.

The remaining 49 schools on MLive's list are in downstate Michigan.

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