Jeffers High School, in the Adams Township School District, was one of the Mackinac Center's top-ranked high schools in 2012. Jeffers received an 'A' on the High School Context and Performance report card, and was the 15th highest-scoring high school in the state.

The Center's report card provides an apples-to-apples comparison of school performance by taking into account students' socioeconomic background. This was accomplished by adjusting test score data by the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

"We are in the student business," said Tim Keteri, Adams superintendent and Jeffers High School principal. "And when we forget that ... when you forget why you're here, that's when you fall off the map."

The first class to graduate from Jeffers High School graduated in 1910. Jan Maierle, a retired administrator and teacher, said that the community's traditional values — including dedication and hard work — contribute greatly to the high school's success.