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About This School

Decatur High School is a public high school in Decatur. The principal of Decatur High School is Mr Michael S Ward, whose e-mail is 1,068 children attend Decatur High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 48% of the 1,068 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Decatur High School is 15:1. Horizon High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 54% 49%
Black, non-Hispanic 33% 33%
Hispanic 11% 16%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48% 52%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Decatur High is a very personalized school system. The teachers/staff and administratoin provide something for everyone! Whether your child excels in the math and sciences to sports to art/theatre/band/chorus - there is something for everyone. The school is small enough to have personalized attention. We could not ask for a better place to raise our three children and have them receive the education/life skills needed to excel in college.

  • (1 year ago)

    There are some amazing teachers at DHS. There are some who need to step up and teach! I want my child to excel in college and am nervous that she might not be ready. The administration needs to find a focus and get their teachers working towards the goal.

  • (1 year ago)

    DHS is an Awesome school! The school has great pride and excellence academics! DHS has prepared my child for College and beyond. We love Decatur High School! Go Raiders!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Great school and community spirit and support. Prepared my kids for college!

  • (5 years ago)

    My student is in her first year at the school. coming from the city of Chicago so far I am especially please with the class size and teacher to student ratio that yields more of a hands on approach. I believe my daughter is going to do very well here.

  • (5 years ago)

    By and large the teachers at Decatur HIgh School are dedicated professionals. They have been incredibly accessible and flexible in terms of accommodating for my son who has high-functioning autism and Tourette's Syndrome. Mr. Ward the principal is practical and fair. My son has even said nice things about the custodians the lunch staff and the office workers. Overall Decatur High has been a good learning environment for my son. It is not without it's faults but the majority of the faults stem from problems caused by students whose parents have not taught them about the paradigm of school and responsibility. Keep up the good work DHS.

  • (5 years ago)

    So far Im very happy with Decatur High School. My son has had so many issues in the past but he is so excited about school this year. The teachers seem very intrested in the students.

  • (10 years ago)

    Fairly good...used to be a lot better. The big weakness is its math department. My children were not prepared for college math. A couple of math teachers need to really teach or just quit or retire! But there are also some very good teachers here. Technology department excellent. Lots of cliques among students actually not as bad as it used to be.

  • (10 years ago)

    I love Decatur High! The teachers really care about the students. I really feel like I am getting a good education here. Decatur High is special to me in too many ways to list here. It is the only high school for me.

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