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Lufkin High boasting 100% of grads accepted for higher learning

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Driving by Lufkin High School, motorists may notice hundreds of signs on the parking lot lawn, featuring names of students and colleges.

It is the school's way of boasting that for the first time in history, every LHS graduate in 2011 has been accepted to a school of higher learning or the military.

That's more than 500 students who have an avenue to the next level in their lives.

"I'm one proud papa," Superintendent Roy Knight said.

The program to accomplish the goal began five years ago, when the seniors were seventh graders and a part of the school's GEAR Up program, a state-supported grant geared to get students ready for higher learning.

Every graduate has been accepted into either a four-year, two-year or military branch after they walk across to receive their diploma in May.

Two-hundred of the students are planning to attend Angelina College in the fall, while a school-record 38 have been accepted at Texas A&M.

The GEAR Up program is set to expire after the school year and Lufkin ISD has re-applied to continue the program. That program may be in jeopardy as state legislators work to trim the state budget.

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