Use the Internet to look up the quality of your old high schools or schools in your community.
GreatSchools.Net provides a database of schools and offers achievement data (from 2000), information on the student body (ethnicity, basic SES), information on advanced courses, and contact information.
I don’t know what to think of this site. I do want to know things about the schools my kids attended (they are now all out of town), but I don’t think I would have advocated moving one of them based on such information. It turns out their high school is considered a great school (I assume that is the significance of the the little school house icon), but their elementary school had the lowest achievement scores in the city.