MORGANTOWN — Morgantown High School was named the No. 1 public high school in West Virginia by Niche, a Pittsburgh firm that rates schools and school districts nationwide.
Niche also ranked cross-town University High No. 5 on its list, which it released recently.
Rounding out the top five are George Washington High School, which ranked No. 2, and Bridgeport High School and Wheeling Park High School, which came in at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.
Monongalia County Schools overall also made the grade with Niche.
The district was ranked No. 2 on Niche’s Top 3 list of public school districts in the Mountain State.
Topping that list was Ohio County Schools. Putnam County’s district made No. 3 on the list.
Niche, which was started by a Carnegie Mellon University graduate, began its life in 2002 as College Prowler, which exclusively reviewed institutions of higher learning across the county, with a mix of market research and student opinion surveys.
The organization became part of the Niche network in 2013 and still operates in Pittsburgh, providing hard data and “real people” reviews on more than 200,000 schools, companies and neighborhoods nationwide.
“Niche is a small but rapidly growing team in Pittsburgh, Pa.,” the company writes on its Website at niche.com.
The company employs Pittsburghese in its description of the people who work there: “Niche is a unique blend of data scientists, engineers, parents and ‘yinzers.’ ”
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