Decatur High School

910 Somerville Road
Decatur, AL 35601
(School attendance zone shown in map)
6/
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Top 50%
Serving 997 students in grades 9-12, Decatur High School ranks in the top 50% of all schools in Alabama for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 30%, and reading proficiency is top 30%).
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 32% (which is higher than the Alabama state average of 29%). The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 34% (which is lower than the Alabama state average of 47%).
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is equal to the Alabama state level of 18:1.
Minority enrollment is 60% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Alabama state average of 47% (majority Black and Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 997 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 60%
  • : 90% (Btm 50% in AL)
  • : Top 50%
  • : 32% (Top 30%)
  • : 34% (Btm 50%)
  • : 38% (Top 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AL Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

Decatur High School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Alabama for:

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Attribute

School Overview

Decatur High School's student population of 997 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 54 teachers has declined by 16% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Total Students
997 students
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Gender %
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Total Classroom Teachers
54 teachers
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School Rankings

Decatur High School ranks within the top 50% of all 1,285 schools in Alabama (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data).
The diversity score of Decatur High School is 0.69, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
This School
State Level (AL)
#627 out of 1285 schools
(Top 50%)
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32%
29%
This chart displays the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Decatur High School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of public schools in Alabama by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
34%
47%
This chart displays the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Decatur High School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Alabama by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
38%
38%
This chart displays the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Science of Decatur High School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Science of public schools in Alabama by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
18:1
18:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
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Asian
1%
1%
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Hispanic
31%
10%
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Black
25%
32%
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White
40%
53%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
3%
3%
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All Ethnic Groups
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This chart displays the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in Alabama.
0.69
This chart displays the diversity score of Decatur High School and the public school average diversity score of Alabama by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
90%
88%
This chart displays graduation rate of Decatur High School and public school graduation rate of Alabama by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
Yes
Eligible for Free Lunch
41%
44%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
3%
5%
This chart displays the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Decatur High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Alabama by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
School District Name
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AL Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • Decatur High School, located in Decatur, Alabama under the Decatur City Schools, across Prospect Dr. from Delano Park, is ranked as one of the top academic schools in the state, as well as the nation, with strong Advanced Placement programs and high ACT & SAT test scores that exceed both State and National averages.
  • Decatur High, along with western Decatur's Austin High School, are the only International Baccalaureate schools north of Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Athletics: Decatur High is well represented each year in the State Playoffs, and has won many state championships in Basketball, Football, Golf, and Cross Country. Decatur's athletic teams consistently compete with those of schools two, three, and four times its own size, each year ranking among the top teams in the state. Decatur High's football, and soccer programs play at the 8,000 seat Ogle Stadium on the southern end of the campus.
  • Decatur's football program continues to dominate Northern Alabama's top football teams, each year defeating even the largest high school in the state, Bob Jones High School.
  • Decatur has defeated cross-town rival Austin High School, a school twice the size of DHS, many times, with the leading number of wins in the rivalry.
  • Due to the AHSAA Class Re-Alignments, Decatur has been moved to class 5A. The drop in class is not due to a shrinking student population, or due to a drop in athletic ability like a large portion of people believe; in reality Decatur High is continuing to grow in student population, and because of the new rules of the AHSAA Class Alignments, the Decatur High Developmental Program was not counted as part of the regular student population.
  • Fine arts: The Decatur High School's Chorus and Concert Bands have consistently received superior ratings in both District and State competitions.
  • Decatur High has the longest string of District Competition Superior Ratings in Alabama, dating back to the competition's formation in 1947.
  • Decatur High also continues to lead in number of Alabama Bandmasters State Competition Superior Ratings at 57, more than any other high school in state history.
  • The graduating class of 2006 was awarded more than 5 million dollars in scholarships out of the 8 million dollars offered to students in the Decatur City Schools.
  • 99% of the school's seniors passed the Alabama High School Graduation Exam in 2005.
  • Decatur high has a graduation rate of 98%.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Decatur High School's ranking?
Decatur High School is ranked #627 out of 1,285 schools, which ranks it among the top 50% of public schools in Alabama.
What schools are Decatur High School often compared to?
Decatur High Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Austin High School by visitors of our site.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
32% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 29% AL state average), while 34% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 47% AL state average).
What is the graduation rate of Decatur High School?
The graduation rate of Decatur High School is 90%, which is higher than the Alabama state average of 88%.
How many students attend Decatur High School?
997 students attend Decatur High School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
40% of Decatur High School students are White, 31% of students are Hispanic, 25% of students are Black, 3% of students are Two or more races, and 1% of students are Asian.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Decatur High School?
Decatur High School has a student ration of 18:1, which is equal to the Alabama state average of 18:1.
What grades does Decatur High School offer ?
Decatur High School offers enrollment in grades 9-12
What school district is Decatur High School part of?
Decatur High School is part of Decatur City School District.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 997 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 60%
  • : 90% (Btm 50%)
  • : Top 50%
  • : 32% (Top 30%)
  • : 34% (Btm 50%)
  • : 38% (Top 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AL Dept. of Education

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