BAR HARBOR — The title of the hit 1960 movie and song, “Where the Boys Are,” describes Mount Desert Island High School this fall.
Of the school’s 532 students, 289 – 54.3 percent – are boys.
The statistical edge for boys in the national birth rate is 51.2 percent.
This year, boys outnumber girls in all four classes at MDI High, with the difference ranging from seven among sophomores to 11 for juniors.
Statewide, the drop-out rate among boys is consistently higher than for girls. In 2013, the drop-out rate was 3.2 percent for boys and 2.2 percent for girls. The difference in 2014 was 2.4 percent to 1.9 percent.
Nevertheless, more boys than girls graduated from Maine high schools in three of the four years starting in 2011.
But that hasn’t been the case at MDI High School. In four of the five years starting in 2010, more girls than boys received diplomas.
Over the past couple of years, school officials have increased their efforts to prevent drop-outs – among both boys and girls – and to provide support to help students graduate in four years.