CHS honored with 2020 College Success Award 

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CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman High School has been honored with the 2020 College Success Award from, a leading nonprofit that tracks how well schools are preparing students for college.

Launched in 2018, the College Success Award honors schools that excel in ensuring students prepare for college, enroll in college and succeed once they get there. Cullman High is among 2,158 award-winning schools from 29 states that have demonstrated a successful track record of graduating students who later enroll in two- or four-year colleges, are ready for college-level coursework and persist on to their second year, according to available data from each state.

“We are so proud to be recognized with this prestigious award, and it’s a testament to the hard work of our great faculty, staff and students,” Cullman High Principal Kim Hall said.

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“We applaud Cullman High School for prioritizing high-quality public education, putting students on the path to bright futures,” Jon Deane, CEO of, said. “Over the past year, students, parents, teachers, and communities have relied on one another like never before. We congratulate and thank all of these individuals at Cullman High School for their unwavering pursuit of college success for all students.”

Superintendent Dr. Susan Patterson said she was delighted to learn of the honor, crediting the high school staff for their work to prepare students for the next level. 

“Cullman City Schools works hard to make sure students are as prepared as possible for college, and it’s great to see the hard work of our teachers and administrators be recognized for that work,” she said.