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Math Error Hands Dublin High School Elite National Ranking

DUBLIN (CBS 5) - U.S. News and World Report recently released its list of the best high schools in the country, with Dublin High School topping the Bay Area at number 12. As it turns out, the celebration at the East Bay school was short lived.

Dublin High School Prinicpal Carol Shimizu saw her school's ranking first online. 12th was by far the highest the campus had ever been ranked nationally.

"I was thrilled because I always believed that Dublin high was number one," said Shimizu, who was ready to celebrate until she took a closer look at the data. "What is not accurate is that it says we have 493 students."

The school actually has about 1,650 students. The district said the numbers must have been screwed up when records were converted to a new data system.

"We discovered that the magazine very likely used some enrollment numbers that were not accurate," said Steve Hanke.

The numbers likely skewed the results, which is a big disappointment for a school where 98 percent of the students graduate, and state test scores have been rising for the last five years.

Despite the disappointment, students and faculty said they know the school is doing well continuing to improve the learning environment.

See the full rankings.

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