School Details

Southern High

800 Clayton Road, Durham, NC 27703
(919) 560-3968
1

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 897 students 13 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

6%
23%
36%
14%
41%
46%
21%
44%
51%

End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English I, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Durham Public Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Southern High is a public high school in Durham. The principal of Southern High is Kenneth Barnes, who can be contacted at kenneth.barnes@dpsnc.net. 897 children attend Southern High and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 77% of the 897 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Southern High is 13:1. Southern School Of Engineering At is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 73% 51%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 19%
Hispanic 21% 24%
Multiracial 1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% 3%
Asian 0.3% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77% 66%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    i loveeee southern durham high school...it is a great experince OF A GOOD HIGH SCHOOL..THE TEACHERS PUCH YOU INTIL U PASS...U WONT BE LEFT BEHIND IF U GO TO SOUTHERN DURHAM HIGH ..SPARTAN PRIDE

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is unsafe and I am not sure why the kids go there as they are not getting an education worth anything.

  • (6 years ago)

    Southern has put a heartache in me for the lack of self-esteem and demotivation that has taken place since my A and A/B Honor roll daugther who went there as a positive child with a bright outlook on her future. From the lack of concern and corrective discipline from the administrative staff at Southern my daughter feels a lack of self-esteem for her future. If you do not have a extra ordinary child I do not recommend Southern as it lacks the administrative support for our kids and the quality of teaching is quite low. There is only one teacher I know of at Southern who puts all efforts and concern in her students for achievement and she has yet to be recognized. The scores at Southern are still low in comparison to other schools and I know exacly why. Southern could use a better administrative staff.

  • (8 years ago)

    I admite that I thought Southren High School was not a good school. My step son attends this school and is making great progress. He seems to enjoy it as much as any school.He is making good grades at this school with help from all the teachers there.I found out that the teachers do care but it's up to the students and parents to make this a great school.The principal and teachers are trying to do just that. Please give Southren a chance.

  • (8 years ago)

    Southern is truly a great school! I didn't know what to expect going there as a young and new teacher but I was stunned. Many fail to realize you can't judge a school by what you hear...come to Southern volunteer and get involved with our students. DO NOT underestimate Southern. We need to remember that our students need love support and discipline! Which I firmly believe starts at home. Whether you are a parent or someone just talking get involved with the education of these students. Anybody can talk but it takes a mighty man or woman to show action! I believe in Southern even if no one else does! And hats off to Mr. Teal you are absolutely wonderful! Thank you for all that you do!

  • (10 years ago)

    I can hardly wait for my children to leave the Durham public Schools. The leadership of this school is subpar. The leadership is lacking in providing academic support for teachers. There is no support for extra-curricular activities educational or otherwise. I do not recommend Southern High School. It's weak academically and leadershipwise.

  • (11 years ago)

    this school ranks very high as far as I'm concerned 2 of my children have attended school there and both have thoroughly enjoyed it.

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