According to a ranking conducted by thedailybeast.com, PCHS is the 388th-best school in the nation and the top public school in Utah. Factors considered in the ranking included college entrance exam scores, rigor, graduation rate, percentage of students accepted into college and percentage of students on free or reduced lunch.
PCHS Principal Bob O'Connor said ranking that well is a testament to the community's emphasis on education.
"It goes back to being in a community that values education and pushes their kids," he said. "And having good teachers."
The school filled out an application in the spring to be considered for the list, Assistant Principal Lindsay Anderson said. School administrators were notified last week of where the school would be ranked.
PCHS performed particularly well in graduation rate (95 percent), college entrance exam scores (1737 SAT/23.9 ACT) and percent of college-bound students (93.3). Anderson said that the school ranking as high as it did is an exciting achievement, considering the competition it was up against.
"Especially when all the other schools we're competing against that are ranked are charter and private schools," Anderson said. "I think we're one of the few public schools that are in the ranking."
The only Utah school to top PCHS was Salt Lake City's Academy for Math, Engineering and Science, ranked No. 342.
The full list of the 735 ranked schools can be found at thedailybeast.com.