High Schools Of The Year: From Worst To First

RUNNER-UP Fox Tech High School/San Antonio, Texas A school's remarkable turnaround shows that failure, even in the toughest of places, is not inevitable

You see it in the sweat of former dropout Ernest Chavez, 17, hunched over a computer, intent on making up enough courses to graduate with his class. It's there when Sergeant Jose Campos, 62, who has been teaching Junior ROTC for 24 years, brags that this year he has "87 young ladies in my program"--the most ever. And you hear it in the school's mariachi band, practicing before sunrise. A visit to Louis W. Fox Academic and Technical High School in San Antonio, Texas, shows how far the school has come. Just five years ago, it was the worst school in...

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