Decatur High School

  • Decatur High School serves 1,035 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 18% (which is lower than the Alabama state average of 44%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 36% (which is lower than the Alabama state average of 39%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is lower than the Alabama state level of 18:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 54% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Alabama state average of 45%.

Top Placements

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School Overview

  • Decatur High School's student population of 1,035 students has grown by 8% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 66 teachers has declined by 12% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,035 students
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Total Classroom Teachers66 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Decatur High School's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has increased from 13:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Decatur High School is 0.65, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.34. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (AL)
Overall School Rank#886 out of 1,264 schools
(Bottom 50%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
18%
44%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
36%
39%
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Student : Teacher Ratio16:118:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
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Asian
n/a
1%
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Hispanic
22%
7%
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Black
31%
33%
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White
46%
55%
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Two or more races
1%
2%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Decatur High School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in AL.
Diversity Score0.650.34
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Graduation Rate
88%
88%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
53%
47%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
3%
5%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameDecatur City School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) 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%.

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