R.C. Waters Elementary School in Oak Harbor was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Duncan recognized only 337 schools in the United States for this prestigious honor, with only fifteen of those schools in Ohio. Secretary Duncan commented, "National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student."
The U.S. Department of Education invited National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in every state and territory. A total of 420 schools nationwide were eligible to be nominated.