Brockton’s high school was named one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report magazine, news that is boosting the morale of students and staff after a dropout was shot outside the school last week.

The city’s high school was named one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report magazine, news that is boosting the morale of students and staff after a dropout was shot outside the school last week.


“This reinforces the fact that our students here are achieving at the highest levels,” said Susan Szachowicz, Brockton High School principal. “They are beating the odds. They are achieving despite the world around them.”


Brockton High was given a bronze medal by the news magazine, meaning it met two of the three key criteria for achievement.


“It is all about student achievement,” Szachowicz said. “This shows a measure of high achievement by our students.”


The news comes one week after a 17-year-old former student was shot outside the school as basketball tryouts were going on inside the school gym.


That student, who had dropped out of the school, told police he had a confrontation with another person inside the gym, then went outside to fight and was shot by one of three people who were waiting outside on the gym stairs.


Police have been searching for one person in connection with the case and are tracking other leads.


Szachowicz said the magazine announcement is a boost to the students and staff at BHS.


“This validates what we are here for, which is to educate kids to the best of their ability,” she said. “It is an honor and validation.”


The school had also been named a “bronze” school in 2007, she said.


Enterprise writer Maureen Boyle can be reached at mboyle@enterprisenews.com.