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Students celebrate 100 percent graduation rate from Manassas High School

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The school may be known nationwide for its athletics, but this turnaround shows they are even better when it comes to academics. The school may be known nationwide for its athletics, but this turnaround shows they are even better when it comes to academics.
Part of the campaign pushed seniors to apply to at least 10 schools of higher learning. Part of the campaign pushed seniors to apply to at least 10 schools of higher learning.
Students give a lot of the credit to their teachers and staff, especially principal James Griffin. Students give a lot of the credit to their teachers and staff, especially principal James Griffin.

(WMC-TV) - Students at Manassas High School proudly celebrate a 100 percent graduation rate and acceptance into technical schools and colleges this year. The school may be known nationwide for its athletics, but this turnaround shows they are even better when it comes to academics.

Students give a lot of the credit to their teachers and staff, especially principal James Griffin.

He created a campaign called "Keeping It 100". Staff and peers alike counseled and motivated every senior at the school with the goal to encourage 100 percent of them to graduate

And it happened.

"Every school I think has a charge of trying to answer what could be and what should be for our young people, and so that's essentially what this process is. It helps to help answer that question," said Griffin.

Another part of Griffin's campaign pushed seniors to apply to at least 10 schools of higher learning. Once accepted, the seniors would hang their letters in the hallway.

Every senior was accepted. Now, the letters serve as motivation for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at the school.

"Yeah, you know, 'cause my little sister and brother go here now as underclassmen. One in the ninth, and he just passed to the tenth with a 3.8 GPA ... And my little sister just passed with a 3.7 GPA," said senior Antonio Landford.

Not bad for a school that held a graduation rate of 54.8 percent four years ago.

"We are talking to them about giving them permission to dream again," said Griffin.

While students and staff are proud of what happened this year, they said next year will be even better.

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