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Best-selling author Samuel Casey Carter showcases a dozen mainstream schools that focus on a culture of character as their foundation and have achieved extraordinary results.

Hinsdale Central High School: Hinsdale, Illinois
Hinsdale central high school: Hinsdale, Illinois

To say that Hinsdale Central High School is a sports giant is a gross understatement. For generations this sports behemoth known as “The Home of the Red Devils” has dominated its opponents in local, state, and national competition while fielding more than thirty separate athletic teams. If high school sports at their best are intended to act on teenagers like a purifying fire—the way gold is tried in a furnace—then Hinsdale Central is itself the inferno.

On any given Friday, the entire school is ablaze. Every man, woman, and child—nearly 2,700 students and more than 200 faculty members committed to their care—are dressed almost entirely in red. Red and white banners dating back to ...

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