Yeah, somehow being number 1,100 on Newsweek's list of top public schools in America doesn't provide a catchy cheer. But that certainly is not much of a problem, since being number 1,100 is nothing to cheer about.
Amherst is founded on education and it remains our #1 economic driver; our revered town symbol is the book and the plow (although the new town flag managed to sneak in wheat which was never in much abundance around here).
Amherst -- by at least one suspect survey -- is the #1 college town in America and our sister city UMass is in the top whatever -- depending on which PR flak you believe.
Amherst College trades the #1 in America spot with arch rival Williams College every other year or so, but we have our Minor League team -- Amherst Regional High School -- ranked at 1,100.
Or what critics might point out is the bottom half. And it's not like they are underfunded at an average cost of $18,026 per child, or 25% over state average of $13,636.