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Old 12-05-2012, 11:02 AM
 
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While it is great to see schools on the list, it is not a final determination of how good a school is lol. This is just you trying to say that Munster is "on the decline" because the school wasn't on a LIST. Not being on this list hasn't seem to hurt Munster High School the least bit. You know why? Because smart people do not use ONE list to determine if a school is good or not. Smart people go into depth when looking at school performance and offerings when determining which school district they will move into and send their children.

Many parents look at how a school is trending on standardized testing. Standardized testing is not the end all be all either. But if you take this into consideration, H-F has been slowly declining almost every year since 2006 and as the years go on, it is a steeper decline (Source)

Whereas Munster has been stable and actually, the scores increased between years...also, for the most part, Munster percentage points of students meeting and/or passing are greater than H-F
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but keep telling yourself Munster High School has "declined" lol. Let me guess. "One of your friends moved from Munster to Flossmoor because Munster didn't get on THE LIST this year?"

As I said, you can draw whatever conclusion you want. I was just pointing out the simple fact that Munster High is no longer regarded as being one the 1000 best high schools in the country. Whether that symbolizes a "decline" in Munster's academic programs or other factors being at play is entirely up to your own interpretation. There could be a number of factors at play here. Maybe it's just the field of competition has increased. As in other schools have improved there academic programs and have surpassed Munster High in those categories relating to turning out more college ready grads. Student graduation rates, average Ap scores per student, AP test taken per student, percentage of actual college bound grads, average act, and sat scores. Newsweek does not take state standardized test into consideration. And they go into detail about why ranking schools solely based on state standardized testing is flawed. But I guess everyone has there own way of doing things.

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Old 12-10-2012, 12:20 AM
 
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Newsweek's methodology is flawed (The Newsweek High School Rankings Boycott - Morse Code: Inside the College Rankings (usnews.com)) and in the last 4 years, MHS grads have gone on to schools like Yale, Columbia, UChicago, MIT, Stanford, Duke, Wharton, & Dartmouth.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:53 PM
 
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As I said, you can draw whatever conclusion you want. I was just pointing out the simple fact that Munster High is no longer regarded as being one the 1000 best high schools in the country. Whether that symbolizes a "decline" in Munster's academic programs or other factors being at play is entirely up to your own interpretation. There could be a number of factors at play here. Maybe it's just the field of competition has increased. As in other schools have improved there academic programs and have surpassed Munster High in those categories relating to turning out more college ready grads. Student graduation rates, average Ap scores per student, AP test taken per student, percentage of actual college bound grads, average act, and sat scores. Newsweek does not take state standardized test into consideration. And they go into detail about why ranking schools solely based on state standardized testing is flawed. But I guess everyone has there own way of doing things.
Just so you know...for 2013...

Munster: National Rank: #639
State Rank: #6

H-F: UNRANKED
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:13 PM
 
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Just so you know...for 2013...

Munster: National Rank: #639
State Rank: #6

H-F: UNRANKED

Check out GARY or east Chi'congo,IN !!!!
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:58 AM
 
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Highland isn't on the decline I think it's on the rise that's my thoughts
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Highland, IN
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Did you ask your friend what he meant specifically when he/she said that? I graduated from Highland and lived here my whole life. I have lived in Valparaiso, Portage, Griffith, Scottsdale, AZ.. since I turned 18 and left Highland. One thing I have realized is that no other town has the sense of community that I feel Highland does. Although the town needs to fix many things still, and get rid of the payday loans place on Kennedy Ave as well as a couple other businesses that are bringing in shady ppl, and make Kennedy ave nicer in general. Besides that from what I see they are TRYING to keep our town a safe but I do believe they need to shift their focus onto revamping Kennedy the way they did on Calumet.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Highland, IN
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I have lived in the "region" for 29 years..born and raised. GAG! Highland used to be a nice place to live. Now you have the Hammond overflow and property values are dropping, crime is increased. Just like Hammond and Gary used to be nice until everything turned ghetto and dangerous. It is really sad that as the years go by the gangs and drug dealers are taking over more and more towns and turning them from once nice communities to holes in the wall that aren't safe. Not only that but I don't think another strip mall can be built in Highland as there is NO MORE ROOM!
That's what I'm saying about Kennedy ave bc thats where the hammond overflow is coming from. I feel like the shopping malls in highland Grove are not helping Highland much anyway bc it's right on the border of Munster and Schererville anyway! They need to eliminate payday loans, pawn shops.. anything that will bring in trash. There is a pawnshop where their main focus is buying gold across from post office (which is another area that looks quite trashy currently) & then the payday loan or check cashing place where old liquor store used to be and next to that new weird ghetto gas station on strong & kennedy. I heard they are putting up another hotel where KP apts used to be. I think that the abandon gas station next to the post office needs to be torn down and replaced with a nice little plaza or something.
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Valparaiso, IN
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Although the town needs to fix many things still, and get rid of the payday loans place on Kennedy Ave as well as a couple other businesses that are bringing in shady ppl, and make Kennedy ave nicer in general. Besides that from what I see they are TRYING to keep our town a safe but I do believe they need to shift their focus onto revamping Kennedy the way they did on Calumet.
I brought this up a few months ago, but realize they even have to do Phase II of Calumet (The west side of the street) before they'd even consider tackling the likes of Kennedy. I'm sure a big problem is the fact that they need a big anchor to bring in other businesses to justify the beautification of the buildings. Target is on Calumet. Super-Walmart is in the process of being built on Torrence. I suppose K-Mart is left?

Shut down the Lansing Kmart Location - relocate the Griffith Location to make 1 new store off of I-80 and it might make some sense. With Sears in the spiral they've been in the past few years, I highly doubt it will happen though.

My thought is thinking outside the retail box that has been flourishing in many of the areas around these offramps already and try something new. 'Healthy Living' has been on the rise. I can see some retail vitamin shoppe and holistic stores relocating here. Throw in another work-out facility like Fuel Fitness and some Shake Shop and you could have a decent little retail cube.

I recently read up on these newer style "Claremont Medical Resorts" that has 2 locations going up in Crown Point and Dyer. I wonder if it would be a good fit to throw one of these over by I-80 and Kennedy with the Medical Districts of Gary/Hammond being able to utilize it due to the proximity to the expressway. I could see that being a new kind of anchor to make that stretch relevant again. They boast a luxurious feel with internal restaurants, a chef, walking trails, etc. while rehabbing in an 'outpatient setting.' It's pretty slick.
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Old 02-21-2021, 08:08 PM
 
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There's nothing wrong with Highland. It's the most middle of the road town in Northwest Indiana. Nothing great about it, nothing bad about it either. It's cheaper than Munster, better than Hammond and Griffith, close to the state line; that has been its selling point for years.

Tons of old white people in Highland are starting to die off and a good portion of the replacement is being made by Hispanics. 33% of School Town of Highland is Hispanic and that continues to grow. I honestly don't know what the future of Highland will really be. I don't see the town declining a ton, but I don't see it getting incredibly better either. It doesn't have the gritty blue collar hometown pride that Griffith or Hobart have, nor does it have the wealth or healthcare assets that Munster have. But it doesn't have the crime issues (yet) that Hammond has to deal with. We'll see, even after I leave NWI, I'll continue to follow the progress or decline of Highland since I have a lot of extended family there.
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Old 02-21-2021, 09:38 PM
 
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Thanks valpofan11 for reviving this thread. I am looking for a house in Highland and would like to hear observations from people who live there.
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