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Davis High School Sees Largest Graduating Class in 20 Years

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YAKIMA, Wash.--It's the start of summer vacation for students in the Yakima School District, and for many Davis High School Seniors, they have something even more to celebrate

The Principal of Davis High School said this is the biggest graduating class they've had in at least 20 years. 352 students are graduating from Davis out of around 420.

Principal Ben Ramirez said just 6 years ago, they were still under 300 graduates so it's a significant increase.

Ramirez said even though more students have enrolled at Davis, factors which could prevent them from graduating have gone up. For example, language barriers and financial insecurity have increased in student demographics. However, Ramirez said students took on the challenge and more are earning scholarships to obtain a higher education.

"I told a story at graduation, Bob Stanley and I were assistant principals here and we reached the 297{mark}  right before I became principal," said Ramirez. "We both decided we can get 300, and so we both kind of set our eyes on 400, possible as early as two years from now."

A spokesperson for the Yakima School District said Eisenhower High School has 305 students graduating, and Stanton Academy has 66.

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