H.R. No. 438
         WHEREAS, Garden City High School in the Glasscock County
  Independent School District has been named a 2010 Blue Ribbon
  School, a designation awarded to fewer than one percent of schools
  in the nation, and has been rated as "Exemplary" by the Texas
  Education Agency; and
         WHEREAS, The Blue Ribbon Schools program was created by the
  United States Department of Education in 1982 to honor public and
  private campuses that either are high performing or have
  demonstrated dramatic improvement in closing the achievement gap;
  just 25 schools attained this distinction in the Lone Star State for
  2010; and
         WHEREAS, The Texas Education Agency bases its school ratings
  on students' performance on a battery of the Texas Assessment of
  Knowledge and Skills tests, administered annually in the spring;
  the "Exemplary" rating is the highest an institution can receive;
         WHEREAS, Led with skill and dedication by principal Ken
  Hoskins, Garden City High School serves about 125 students, half of
  whom are economically disadvantaged, in grades 7-12; over the past
  five years, 100 percent of Garden City High students have
  graduated, and nearly three-quarters of them attended college;
  additionally, seniors bound for higher education have earned more
  than $500,000 in scholarships, including a National Merit
  Scholarship, university presidential and departmental
  scholarships, and state academic scholarships; and
         WHEREAS, Through dedication, hard work, and perseverance,
  the teachers and students of Garden City High School have built a
  record of academic excellence, and their outstanding efforts have
  been duly recognized with the Blue Ribbon School designation and
  TEA's "Exemplary" rating; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Garden City High School on its
  selection as a 2010 Blue Ribbon School and on its receipt of an
  "Exemplary" rating from the Texas Education Agency; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the school as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 438 was adopted by the House on March
  3, 2011, by a non-record vote.
  Chief Clerk of the House