Sun. Mar 3rd, 2024

SANTA ANA, CA – ​​Santa Ana ​has claimed the title of Top High School Sports Community in ​California.​ Through the efforts of Godinez High School ​Athletic Director Lisa Treen​ and ​her​ athletic staff, ​the ​Grizzlies​ ​topped a rankings system designed to measure community engagement.

The accolade was awarded by software company ​VNN​, ​whose sports marketing platform powers​ 2,500 high school athletic departments across 40 states ​including​. By ​quantifying community support from July 2019 through August 2020 with a unique weighted average, each school received a score that could be compared across VNN’s network. The four main criteria of the average included popularity of content posted about the school’s sports teams (35%), coach involvement (20%), student body and fan engagement (35%) and positive influence within the company (10%). This was designed to level the playing field so schools of all sizes had an equal chance of reaching the top.

See the full list of winners below.

Region winners:

  • Midwest:​ ​Noblesville High School (IN)
  • West: ​Godinez High School (CA)
  • Northeast: ​Sherwood High School (MD​) Category top placers:
  • Relationships and development​:​ ​Northmont High School (OH)
  • Coach support​: ​(tie)​ ​West Bloomfield High School (MI)​ and ​Eastview High School (MN)
  • Community interest​: ​Bellaire High School (OH)
  • Community engagement​:​ ​Easley High School (SC)

State winners:

  • Alabama: ​Hoover High School
  • Arizona: ​Scottsdale Preparatory Academy
  • Arkansas: ​Benton High School
  • California: ​Godinez High School
  • Colorado: ​Gateway High School
  • Florida: ​South Fork High School
  • Georgia: ​Parkview High School
  • Idaho: ​Nampa High School
  • Illinois: ​Dunlap High School
  • Indiana: ​Noblesville High School
  • Iowa: ​Grinnell Community High School
  • Kansas: ​De Sota High School
  • Kentucky: ​Henry County High School
  • Louisiana: ​John Curtis Christian High School
  • Maryland: ​Sherwood High School
  • Massachusetts: ​Ludlow High School
  • Michigan: ​Lapeer High School​ and ​West Ottawa High School (tie)
  • Minnesota: ​Monticello High School
  • Missouri: ​Jefferson High School
  • Nebraska: ​Millard West High School
  • Nevada: ​SLAM! Charter School
  • North Carolina: ​D H Conley High School
  • Ohio: ​Reynoldsburg High School
  • Oklahoma: ​Blanchard High School
  • Oregon: ​South Salem High School
  • Pennsylvania: ​Ringgold High School
  • South Carolina: ​Easley High School
  • Tennessee: ​Maryville High School
  • Texas: ​Temple High School
  • Utah: ​Maple Mountain High School
  • Virginia: ​Cosby High School
  • Wisconsin: ​Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School

About VNN VNN’s sports marketing platform makes promoting programs easy for high school athletic directors. Now partnered with 15% of the nation’s high schools, VNN’s ‘new digital necessities’ including a collegiate-style website, team coordination app, fundraising tools, and plug-in services like digital tickets helps streamline the administration and promotion tasks athletic departments do on a daily basis, saving them time and connecting local communities closer to their high school sports more than ever before. Learn more at ​

By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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