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Our goal is to be the best public high school in Colorado.
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About Us

Durango High School (DHS) welcomes students in 9th-12th grades. It's located in the heart of Durango, Colorado, along the Animas River, and serves approximately 1,350 students. Durango High School provides a rigorous education to prepare students for their future, be it a 4-year college, a 2-year institution, industry, the military, directly into the workforce, or whatever path they choose.
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Where we’re located
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Our mission at Durango High School is to be the best public high school in the State of Colorado. We achieve excellence through positive relationships and high expectations for all of our students to excel in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. We provide an atmosphere where students can thrive, can find their niche,  and excel at their chosen career path.

News & Announcements

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DHS 2024 Graduation Ceremony Details

The Durango High School (DHS) Graduation ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m. For those planning to attend, we have the following tips.
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New "Walk Stars" event gives seniors a red-carpet moment

It will be a peak moment of triumph, inspiration, and reunion. The district's new "Walk Stars" event on May 22 and 23 is an invitation for all graduating seniors from Durango High School (DHS) and Big Picture High School (BPHS) to inspire younger students – and teachers – with a celebration at their former schools.
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Durango School District Administration Office - Summer Hours

The Durango School District Administration Office summer hours will be in effect June 3rd - July 26. We will operate with regular business hours Monday - Thursday, 8am - 4pm, and be closed to the public on Fridays during this time period.
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Team Impact students win state award for hosting event

What better way to demonstrate hands-on learning than letting students run an entire event? This unique approach is now an award-winning model for the state. Team Impact students and the district’s Communication Department have been recognized with a 2024 Medallion Award, the highest achievement awarded by the Colorado School Public Relations Association.
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Students' work dazzles at CTE Capstone Showcase

On May 1, the joy of creating was on display. Fourteen Durango High School students in Career & Technical Education (CTE) pathways demonstrated their capstone projects at the Impact Career Innovation Center.
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DHS ranked in top 10% of high schools in nation

Durango High School (DHS) has been ranked No. 1,906 out of 17,655 high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Reports– placing the school in the top 10 percent of public high schools in the U.S. The rankings evaluate nearly 18,000 schools at the national, state and local level. The school was also ranked No. 40 out of 414 traditional Colorado High Schools – placing DHS in the top 9 percent in Colorado as well.
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Board Of Education Student Awards

On Thursday, April 24, the Board of Education held a Student Awards ceremony, to celebrate students who exemplified the district's Portrait of a Graduate competencies.
principal Jon Hoerl

Principal's Message

Durango High School  provides rigorous classroom study, extracurricular activities, sports, Career & Technical Education, Honors classes, Advanced Placement, concurrent enrollment  in college courses, and four-year, individualized academic advisors to help prepare our students for their future career.  – Dr. Jon Hoerl, Principal, CASE 2024 Colorado High School Principal of the Year.


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Quality of Life

Durango is a beautiful place to live and work. It is located at 6,512 feet elevation in Southwest Colorado near the Four Corners region. Families who live here enjoy a historic steam train, ski resort, rivers, vibrant downtown, bike trails, sky-high “fourteener” mountains, and four distinct seasons with an average of 266 sunny days per year. We welcome new families and new staff members, and we offer excellent benefits and competitive salaries. 

Accessibility Statement

It is the goal of Durango School District 9-R that the information on this website be accessible to individuals with visual, hearing, or cognitive disabilities. Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards.

Most pages on our site are available in HTML format, which can be read by screen readers. Some documents are in Adobe PDF format, requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website. Additionally, some documents are in Google Docs, and Google Forms. Most modern browsers and screen readers can access Google-based documents. More information about Google web products accessibility can be found on the Google Accessibility website.

In order to ensure that Durango School District websites are accessible to everyone in our community, including those with disabilities, we are using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

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