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Posted on May 11, 2015

QHS to see biggest graduating class

The Quincy School District is gearing up for the largest graduating class ever.
“This is the largest graduating class in Quincy history,” said QHS principal David Talley. “It will not change in the near future.”
All classes in the district are at an all-time high. The 2015 class has 203 students at Quincy High School, while High Tech High has 24 seniors.
But not all of this year’s crop of seniors will walk come June 5.
At this time, Talley said, 71.5 percent have met the requirements to walk at graduation.
As of last week, 143 seniors were ready to walk, with 60 more students still needing to meet graduation criteria. There are 22 students who need to pass one or more state assessments; 21 who need more testing and classes completed; and 17 students who need more credits.
“To walk you have to have the credits,” Talley said. “But you can have pending test results.”
Unfortunately there are nine students who will come back for a fifth year because they will not have enough credits by June 5, Talley said. The other 51 seniors are in a mad dash to fulfill their final requirements.
“It’s the fast-and-furious in the month of May,” Talley said.
The principal also said he wishes all 203 students could graduate this year, but he fully expects to have most of the 60 students ready to graduate by the end of the month.
“One kid is too many. They’re all our kids,” he said. “Anything less than 100 percent misses the mark.”
High Tech High has 24 students. Principal Garry Stidman said he expects half to graduate.
The QHS graduation ceremony is 7 p.m. on June 5 at Jaycee Stadium. High Tech High graduation is June 2.


— By Kurtis J. Wood,