I am pleased to announce that, earlier today, the U.S. Department of Education informed us that Yarmouth High School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence for 2019.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools in two separate categories: (1) schools where students achieve very high learning standards or (2) schools where students are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. Yarmouth High School is one of two high schools in Maine being recognized for exemplary high achievement under the first of these two categories.

This is a tremendous achievement for our students and staff. Recognition such as this is earned when motivated and determined students work toward their goals with talented and dedicated staff, supported by engaged parents and a committed community. We are fortunate to have all of those components here in Yarmouth, and every student, parent, teacher, and community member should feel a sense of pride in this outstanding school-wide achievement. Last year, Yarmouth Elementary School was a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, making Yarmouth the only school district in Maine with Blue Ribbon Schools in both 2018 and 2019.

Principal Eric Klein and representatives of YHS will travel to Washington, DC in November for the annual recognition ceremony where they will be presented with a National Blue Ribbon School plaque and flag as symbols of the school’s achievements.

Additional information about the Blue Ribbon Schools program may be found at https://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/. Profiles of all 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools can also be found at https://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/awardwinners.

Congratulations to Principal Klein, the entire Yarmouth High School staff, and the many students who have attended YHS over the years!

Sincerely, Andrew Dolloff, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools