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    Quote Originally Posted by westsider
    I don't disagree with any of that, leatherneck, but private schools generally draw many more students from multiple school districts. Why? Because everyone lives in a public school district and has the ability to attend a public school.

    On the other hand, not everyone lives in a district that also has a viable private-school option, therefore some people are willing to deal with the effort and expense of sending their kids to one. And no, I don't have a problem with that.

    I don't doubt that a great deal of Highlands' success is due to the hard work of their kids ... that's true for any successful program. At the same time, though, Highlands has benefitted from more than its share of high-profile transfers.
    I can't disagree with any thing you said either. We have benefitted greatly from transfers and frankly I have no problem with it. We have a school with fantastic athletic and academic programs, and I fully understand why any parent living outside the district would want to send their kid to Ft. Thomas. Those schools that do not strive hard enough to be the best lose and those schools that are not interested in only mediocrity succeed. Its the way it should be in my opinion.

    I realize that some schools have certain inherent advantages over others. Some schools have more at risk students which prevents certain challenges. Other schools get much less of their fair share of state education funds which also presents its set of challenges. I guess my point is that I have never seen anyone really "succeed" by backing away from challenges, even insurmountable and unfair challenges. They lose much more than they gain.

    And when it comes to athletics, when I think about being able to overcome adversity, of turning it around, I think of Boyle County who continues to have my greatest respect. If they did it, why can't every public school?

    And I do think that all in all, the private schools place a much greater emphasis on winning in athletics than the public schools do, because winning is so important to alumni involvement, alumni donations and enrollment. Public schools don't need to win to keep the doors open and keep the kids coming. Private schools, in most cases, have to in order to survive.
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