Century High School has been named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, making it the first Carroll County high school to achieve the recognition.
The U.S. Department of Education announced the National Blue Ribbon Schools Tuesday.
"I think it is something very positive for our school and for our students, staff, and school community," Century Principal Randy Clark said. "It's something that they can be very proud of."
Founded in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of achievement, according to the U.S. Department of Education website.
Century was listed in the "Exemplary High Performing" category, which recognizes the state's highest-performing schools measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
Superintendent Steve Guthrie said Century's recognition is a result of the hard work from Century teachers, students and its community partners.
"We are extremely proud of the entire school community for this honor," he said.
Clark and Guthrie said the award is a reflection of the entire county school system.
"Certainly Century does an outstanding job, but quite honestly I think all of the high schools in Carroll County provides excellent educational opportunities for their students.
Century was named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School last year, but it is the first Carroll County school to receive national recognition through the Blue Ribbon program since Oklahoma Road Middle School in 2011.
Century is the fourth county school to be named a National Blue Ribbon School, joining Oklahoma Road (2011), Piney Ridge Elementary School (2007-08), and Spring Garden Elementary School (2000-01).
Century was one of two Maryland high schools and one of 11 schools throughout the state to be named a National Blue Ribbon School.
Other Maryland schools named a National Blue Ribbon School, include Boonsboro High School, Chadwick Elementary School, Charlesmont Elementary School, Folly Quarter Middle School, Holy Cross Catholic School, Robert Frost Middle School, St. John the Evangelist School, St. Joseph School –Cockeysville, Saint Margaret School, and St. Mary's Elementary School.