Best Hope for Cleveland Schools

John Hay High School

Much of Cleveland's $1.5 billion school-construction project has dissolved into disappointment: Over budget and behind schedule, officials are now eliminating schools and scaling back plans. But the newly renovated John Hay High School is a bright star shining through the depressing haze. This historic landmark on the edge of University Circle looks more like a state capitol than a school, with beautifully arched high ceilings, a sky-lit dining hall, and a spacious auditorium. Best of all, it's home to three small, innovative schools -- for science and medicine, architecture and design, and college preparation. Last year, it was one of only two Cleveland schools to earn the state's highest academic rating, showing Cleveland something we haven't seen in years: a public school that actually works.