La Cañada High School placed 39th among its California peers in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings released May 7, and at least one school supporter was justifiably pleased.
“We are very proud of LCHS for nationally ranking in the top 1% of high schools,” read a tweet posted the next day. “And for coming in ahead of San....”
Though the sentence trailed off, those familiar with local public education needed no explanation.
The tweet was the latest salvo in the long-running, albeit genial, academic arms race between California's most elite unified school districts — San Marino and La Cañada — where expectations, rigor and scores run sky high.
FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story misstated the identity of the person who sent the tweet.
San Marino High School finished 42nd in the U.S. News rankings for California this year. Its parent district has for several years held the No. 1 position on the widely referenced California Academic Performance Index, with La Cañada Unified No. 2.