High school class rankings may damage students' self-esteem and limit their chances of getting into college, so they're on the way out. As the Des Moines Register notes:
Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines will no rank students.
Apparently, writers at the Register are Dowling graduates.
Rankings are stressful to students, and Lord knows, we can't have that. Keep 'em fat and happy, and full of self-esteem; no big deal that the rest of the developed world is outpacing the USA in education.