Russell High called 'dropout factory'

One East Alabama school was recently named to a "Dropout Factory," by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Russell County High School in Seale, Ala. was one of 42 Alabama high schools classified as "dropout factories" — high schools where no more than 60 percent of the students who start as freshmen make it to their senior year.

There are about 1,700 vocational or regular high schools nationwide on the list, compiled by researchers at Johns Hopkins using Education Department data.

The data tracked senior classes for three years in a row — 2004, 2005 and 2006 — to make sure local events weren’t to blame for the low retention rates.

The graduation rate at Russell County High School for the 2006-2007 school year was 76 percent, an increase of seven percentage points over the previous year.