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SCHOOL IN CAMARILLO RECEIVES TOP HONOR.

Byline: Don Holland Daily News Staff Writer

Principal Terry Tackett has a serious case of the blues, and he's loving every minute of it.

Tackett's school, Adolfo Camarillo High School, has been named a National Blue Ribbon School - the only high school in Ventura County to receive the honor.

``I dyed my hair blue Thursday and wore it all day and to the academic awards banquet,'' Tackett said. ``I wore it in honor of our students and our staff. The kids loved it.''

On Friday, Tackett's hair was back to its usual silver hue as he picked up honors as a California Blue Ribbon School during ceremonies in Anaheim. Formal presentation of the national blue ribbon award will be made this fall during a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House.

Although he has not received formal notification, Tackett received word of the national honor from Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Oxnard. This year's competition was the toughest. Among 439 schools that applied nationwide, only 171 were deemed eligible for a visit by representatives of the federal Department of Education. That list of finalists was further winnowed to a select number of national award winners.

``So it's really tough, and for us, it's a tremendous endorsement for public education,'' Tackett said.

He credited the school's staff for enthusiastically adopting a variety of innovative programs that have pushed Scholastic Aptitude Test scores higher and brought the school's dropout rate down to zero for two consecutive years.

``It's the total program that we offer students, from at-risk students to our truly gifted students, to the athletic programs and activity programs, music, drama, ag programs,'' Tackett said.

He gave special credit to English teacher Athol Wong, the primary writer of the school's award application. ``She's a major part of our success.''
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