Leslie County High School principal Kevin Gay was honored at the White House this week for his success in school improvements.
Gay was one of 12 educators recognized as "champions of change" in school turnaround.
It has been three years since the state labeled Leslie County High as a persistently low achieving school.
Since then, scores have increased nearly 50%.
It is now ranked in the top ten percent of the state in college and career readiness improvement by jumping from 16% to more than 42%.
Gay attributed the school's success to a team effort of teachers and students.
“Just having the vision that all of our students being college and career ready, and what our beliefs are, and our students want to be engaged. They want to be college and career ready and that's everyone's goal,” said Gay.
Congressman Hal Rogers also attended the event in Washington to show his support.