The GRAMMY Foundation® Announces 2013 GRAMMY® Signature Schools Semifinalists



U.S. High Schools in the Running for Grants for Music Excellence

Supported in Part by Best Buy, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the Hot Topic Foundation

SANTA MONICA, Calif.(Dec. 6, 2012)— The GRAMMY Foundation® ( today announced that 129 schools nationwide have been selected as GRAMMY® Signature Schools semifinalists ( for 2013. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.

Each of the GRAMMY Signature Schools finalists will receive a custom award and a monetary grant to benefit its music program. The top programs are designated Gold recipients. The best of the Gold recipients is designated the National GRAMMY Signature School. The remaining schools are designated GRAMMY Signature Schools. For schools that are economically underserved, the GRAMMY Foundation established the Enterprise Award category to recognize the efforts in music education made by these schools. GRAMMY Signature Schools are made possible in part through the generous support of Best Buy, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the Hot Topic Foundation.

"Just as theGRAMMY Award® recognizes excellence in the recording arts,theGRAMMY Foundation'sGRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes public high schools across the country for their dedication to providing excellent music education programs for their students," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "These semifinalist schools should be commended for their steadfast commitment to maintaining an arts curriculum that will result in long term benefits for their students."

In mid-March 2013, the GRAMMY Foundation will announce the finalists for the GRAMMY Signature Schools program. These schools will receive a custom award and a monetary grant ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to benefit their music program.

The List of 2013 GRAMMY Signature Schools Semifinalists:

Academy of Music at Hamilton High School — Los Angeles

Adlai E. Stevenson High School — Lincolnshire, Ill.

Allen High School — Allen, Texas

Allendale High School — Allendale, Mich.

Amador Valley High School — Pleasanton, Calif.

Anderson High School — Cincinnati

Ann Arbor Huron High School — Ann Arbor, Mich.

Aragon High School — San Mateo, Calif.

Arizona School for the Arts — Phoenix

Arlington High School — Arlington, Mass.

Ashland High School — Ashland, Wis.

Atholton High School — Columbia, Md.

Austintown Fitch High School — Austintown, Ohio

Ballard High School — Huxley, Iowa

Baltimore School for the Arts — Baltimore

Bellaire High School — Bellaire, Texas

Bellport High School — Brookhaven, N.Y.

Bergenfield High School — Bergenfield, N.J.

Berkley High School — Berkley, Mich.

Boston Latin School — Boston, Mass.

Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts — Buffalo, N.Y.

Cab Calloway School of the Arts — Wilmington, Del.

Canton High School — Canton, Conn.

Canyon Crest Academy — San Diego

Carmel High School — Carmel, Ind.

Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music — Bronx, N.Y.

Charles W. Flanagan High School — Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Chittenango High School — Chittenango, N.Y.

Colony High School — Palmer, Alaska

Commack High School — Commack, N.Y.

Cortland Junior/Senior High School — Cortland, N.Y.

David Douglas High School — Portland, Ore.

Davis Senior High School — Davis, Calif.

DeKalb High School — DeKalb, Ill.

Dover-Eyota High School — Eyota, Minn.

Duxbury High School — Duxbury, Mass.

Eastridge High School — Rochester, N.Y.

Edina High School — Edina, Minn.

Edmonds-Woodway High School — Edmonds, Wash.

Eldred Junior Senior High School — Eldred, N.Y.

Elk Grove High School — Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Esperanza High School — Anaheim, Calif.

Eugene Ashley High School — Wilmington, N.C.

Evanston Township High School — Evanston, Ill.

Foster High School — Richmond, Texas

Freedom High School — Orlando, Fla.

Freeport High School — Freeport, Ill.

Gahanna Lincoln High School — Gahanna, Ohio

Garden City High School — Garden City, N.Y.

George W. Hewlett High School — Hewlett, N.Y.

Glenbard East High School — Lombard, Ill.

Glendale High School — Glendale, Calif.

Guilderland High School — Guilderland Center, N.Y.

Guilford High School — Guilford, Conn.

Harrison High School — Harrison, N.Y.

Harvard Public School — Harvard, Neb.

Hendersonville High School — Hendersonville, Tenn.

Henry Clay High School — Lexington, Ky.

Herricks High School — New Hyde Park, N.Y.

Hilton High School — Hilton, N.Y.

Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School — Flossmoor, Ill.

Hopewell Valley Central High School — Pennington, N.J.

Iowa City West High School — Iowa City, Iowa.

Irvine High School — Irvine, Calif.

Jensen Beach High School — Jensen Beach, Fla.

Joel Barlow High School — Redding, Conn.

John Burroughs High School — Burbank, Calif.

John Hersey High School — Arlington Heights, Ill.

John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School — Great Neck, N.Y.

John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School — Augusta, Ga.

Johnson City High School — Johnson City, N.Y.

Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School — Philadelphia

Long Beach Polytechnic High School — Long Beach, Calif.

Lyons Township High School — La Grange, Ill.

Madison High School — Madison, N.J.

Marcus High School — Flower Mound, Texas

McAllen High School — McAllen, Texas

Metea Valley High School — Aurora, Ill.

Miami Coral Park Senior High School — Miami, Fla.

Middleton High School — Middleton, Wis.

Moon Area High School — Moon Township, Pa.

Mount Eden High School — Hayward, Calif.

Munford High School — Munford, Tenn.

Munster High School — Munster, Ind.

Nazareth Area High School — Nazareth, Pa.

Neuqua Valley High School — Naperville, Ill.

New Trier High School — Winnetka, Ill.

Niskayuna High School — Niskayuna, N.Y.

North Hills Senior High — Pittsburgh, Pa.

North Middlesex Regional High School — Townsend, Mass.

North Smithfield High School — North Smithfield, R.I.

Northwood High School — Irvine, Calif.

Old Saybrook High School — Old Saybrook, Conn.

Palo Alto High School — Palo Alto, Calif.

Pioneer Valley High School — Santa Maria, Calif.

Pitman High School — Pitman, N.J.

Plano East Senior High School — Plano, Texas

Plano Senior High School — Plano, Texas

Prospect High School — Mt. Prospect, Ill.

Richland High School — Johnstown, Pa.

River Hill High School — Clarksville, Md.

Rocky Mountain High School — Fort Collins, Colo.

Roxbury High School — Succasunna, N.J.

Rush-Henrietta Senior High School — Henrietta, N.Y.

Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts — San Francisco

Seven Lakes High School — Katy, Texas

South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities — Greenville, S.C.

South Orange County School of the Arts-Dana Hills High School — Dana Point, Calif.

Sprague High School — Salem, Ore.

Springs Valley Junior/Senior High School — French Lick, Ind.

Strath Haven High School — Wallingford, Pa.

Tarpon Springs High School — Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy — Elizabeth, N.J.

Walt Whitman High School — Huntington Station, N.Y.

Walter Johnson High School — Bethesda, Md.

Wantagh High School — Wantagh, N.Y.

Warren Central High School — Indianapolis

Waubonsie Valley High School — Aurora, Ill.

West Bloomfield High School — West Bloomfield, Mich.

West Port High School — Ocala, Fla.

West Salem High School — Salem, Ore.

Westlake High School — Austin, Texas

Westwood High School — Austin, Texas

William A. Shine Great Neck South High — Great Neck, N.Y.

Williamsport Area High School — Williamsport, Pa.

Windham High School — Windham, Maine

Winter Park High School — Winter Park, Fla.

Woodbridge High School — Irvine, Calif.

York Community High School — Elmhurst, Ill.

The selection process for GRAMMY Signature Schools begins each year in August when the GRAMMY Foundation mails notification to more than 20,000 public high schools from districts large and small, urban, suburban and rural, requesting information about each school's music program. Applications are completed and submitted online in October at After the applications are scored, finalists are identified and asked to submit additional documentation, such as recordings of school concerts, sample concert programs and repertoire, which is then reviewed by an independent blue-ribbon committee of top music educators and professionals to determine the schools that merit GRAMMY Signature School status.

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy®, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. Campbell's Labels for Education program is proud to be the official education partner of the GRAMMY in the Schools programs. For more information, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "GRAMMY in the Schools" on Facebook at and follow @GRAMMYFdn on Twitter at

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