School Details

Durango High School

7100 West Dewey Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89113
(702) 799-5850

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 2353 students 25 students/teacher (NV avg is 20)

Test Scores by grade


High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE)

In 2010-2011 Nevada used the High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE) to assess high school students in reading, math and writing. The HSPE is a high school graduation requirement. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
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About this school

Durango High School is a public high school in Las Vegas. The principal of Durango High School is Mark Gums. 2,353 children attend Durango High School and identify mostly as Multiracial; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 16% of the Durango High School students have "limited English proficiency." 45% of the 2,353 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Durango High School is 25:1. Spring Valley High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
Hispanic 35% 40%
White, non-Hispanic 30% 35%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 9%
Asian 12% %
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 14%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.8%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 40%
Limited English proficiency 16% 21%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school great staff. One of the best schools in Las Vegas. Teachers are outstanding and seem to care about the kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    Durango High School is a fantastic place for students to learn academically socially and grow emotionally. The majority of the teaching staff consistently goes above and beyond to ensure maxmium care and attention is provided to all.

  • (1 year ago)

    It doesn't like a school but club. Staffs were not acting professional. How you expect all the teenage students to be nice??? I guess that's what the principal likes.

  • (1 year ago)

    It is one of the terrible school. staff is rude and helpless. the secretary of principal acts like a watch dog and wouldn't let me give my feedback to principal. I would never let my kid go to this school if I have had other choices.

  • (1 year ago)

    staff was inpatient and rude to me. I was very disappointed as I gave my feedback to the secretary of principal regarding their staff and she ignored and didn't want to listen.

  • (3 years ago)

    Durango is a school like all others that struggles with discipline at times. Some kids misbehave and some do not - and that's life. However the school has many excellent teachers great students and involved parents. Schools are only as good as their administration teachers kids and parents and my children have been very satisfied with this school - and grandkids will go there too!

  • (3 years ago)

    I go to durango and it is a O.K. school not the best in the world but is one of the better schools in las vegas

  • (4 years ago)

    Its not the schools responsiblilty to teach kids english in HS or any other school. These parents that get upset are down right you think if I took my family to Mexico my kids would get taught in there native language? that would be a big fat no! We transfered to Durango this year after being in a Private School for 11 yrs and have been pleasantly surprised. The only class my child has is the one that the teacher doesnt speak Enlish!

  • (4 years ago)

    Are you parents delusional? It is not the school's fault that some students are out of control fight everyday and destroy the campus. Obviously they are out of control at home - and bring that same behavior to school. And why can't your child speak English if they are in High School? Again it is not the school's responsibility to teach English to a Las Vegas high school student. Do your job parents - and you will make it much easier for the school to do theirs! Durango is just like every other high school you expect a miracle without doing your job first. My daughter is an Honors student and doing well. She learned how to cope and how to succeed at home. . .

  • (5 years ago)

    first of all if its education u want take them out of state. Nevada is ranked 49 state in all of U.S. Durango in my opinion is average. I've seen schools much worse than Durango. The Faculty is amazing for those who take honors and A.P. but for those who take regular well the teachers are a little worn out with the ridiculous kids. I would like to talk their parents. The parents are ridiculous for not do anything about their childs behavior. Its not the school i concerned with; its the students. The teachers are awesome and teach well. Overall i would recomend Durango for those who do not on moving out of las vegas any time soon. By the way the teachers are not allowed to do anything to the students or otherwise they get fired. So its up to the parents to control their children not the teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    The spirit we have is amazing! the faculty staff and students are the best!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Durango High School teachers and staff. My children enjoy it there and feel safe. They are getting a great education!

  • (5 years ago)

    my 15 year-old Daughter attended Durango high school she would come crying from school because the teachers would not help her because she did not speak english... this is the worst school I have taken any of my childern it dose not have my approvel...

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a parent of two children @ durango and i believe it could be a much better place for me to have to send my children to. 50% (Or more) of the staff there could care less or don't have the knowledge to care enough. The violence is unexceptable. At least 3 times p/wk a child is sent to emergency rm for being jumped. They have absolutely no control over the students or the surrounding area. It is terrifying every day to send my kids there.

  • (6 years ago)

    When I went there I thought the worst thing was the kids in there. They are too rude to one another. I got picked on and that doesnt help with the demand to get a good grade. The school has dirty courtyards and grafittis in the bathroom. I saw it. But I finished school there just recently. All you know is a bunch of wealthy kids go there.

  • (6 years ago)

    Im currently a Junior attending Durango High school this school has been nothing but an inspiration for me to do my best every year that I've been here the teachers supported me the best they could any time I didnt understand anything I would come back after school and none of my teachers left until I actually understood the lesson I dont know why so many people are complaining the schedules just have to be adjusted to fit the school programs and all of the electives and this could be as good as any other high school here in vegas

  • (6 years ago)

    I am currently a senior at Durango and the for the past 3 years I've attended there the line between good and bad fairly clear to me. It was easy to tell teachers that are seriously focused on helping a student succeed and the ones who basically hates being there. As for the students it may take a while for them to warm up to others but not every one of them are as bad as many people say. The main problem with Durango is organization. If the office and teachers actually took time getting things straightened out then they won't have over thousands of students and parents coming to complain. We have 3 months of summer break yet they do everything at least 3 days before the beginning of the school year.

  • (6 years ago)

    i disagree with all the negative comments this school is amazing and the parents need to let the kids grow up and let them grow. Things happen fights are going to happen every where you go. It doesnt matter if you cant be your self the kids wont like a fake person.Regardless Durango is an amazing school .

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a senior at Durango and I must admit over the four years I have been here the school has definately improved. Before my counselor was no help and the teachers weren't any good but now my new counselor knows who I am. Plus the curriculum is great.

  • (7 years ago)

    *****Excellent academics! Focus on discipline and sports!

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