When I think back to my high school days, I have (mostly) fond memories, excluding the core memory of me falling down the stairs in my miniskirt from Weathervane in front of my crush in between classes. For my family, it wasn't really a question if I would attend public school versus private school. Both of my parents were public school teachers in my town, so it went without saying that my brother and I would receive public school educations.

I attended Leominster High School from 2002-2006 in Leominster, Massachusetts. It was a time filled with low-rise jeans, crunchy hair from too much hair gel, burned mix CDs, overpriced t-shirts that said "Bebe" in rhinestones, and stupid little Coach purses that could barely fit your Vanilla Cupcake Lip Smacker lip gloss. Cell phones were rare among my peers. If they existed, they were used only for emergency texts using T9 word. Some of my friends had to share a cell phone with their siblings. That was a disaster. 'Twas a simpler time.

Here's my bestie Linda and I taking a mirror selfie with a disposable camera like the OGs that we are.

Kira Lew
Kira Lew

I will be raising my daughter here in the state of New Hampshire, and couldn't help but wonder which New Hampshire high schools were ranked the best. Of course, by the time Gwen grows up, this could all drastically change.

At the time of publishing this article, these are the top public high schools in New Hampshire. A variety of factors were evaluated in comprising this list, including student to teacher ratio, academics and grades, extra curricular activities, and much more. Did you attend a high school that landed in the top 10? Let us know in the comments!

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