Go Townsend Harris!

Our congratulations go out to Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, long known as one of the best schools in the city and this year listed as No. 11 across the entire nation in the well-respected U.S. News & World Report rankings, the gold standard.

Townsend Harris came in as No. 1 citywide, beating even all of the “elite eight” high schools, including the venerable Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech, as well as all private schools. They’ve got nothing on Queens’ best educational institution.

Just a few years ago, it looked like Townsend Harris’ status at the very top was endangered. An interim principal came under fire for mismanagement, but because students, parents and officials all cared so much about the school, she was forced out. Now everyone in the school community can be proud again under the leadership of Principal Brian Conlon.

Several other Queens schools ranked high; see our report in this paper or at qchron.com. But Townsend Harris is tops, and we’re proud to know that one of the best places in the nation to be educated is right here.