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Our goal is to be the best public high school in Colorado.
Impact Career Innovation Center

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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Meet AP Teachers to Learn About Classes for 24-25 School Year

Students who are interested in an Advanced Placement (AP) class next school year can meet AP teachers to learn more about their classes for next school year. Lunchtime and after school information sessions are scheduled for Feb. 6, 7, 8, 9, 13.
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Impact Grand Opening a Success

Close to 400 people enjoyed the the Impact Career Innovation Center Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Wednesday evening. The event began with welcome speeches, an Indigenous Blessing by Edward Box III of the Southern Ute Tribe, and ribbon cutting by student host Aubrey McKellips and Superintendent Karen Cheser.
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Mobile Vaccine Van Offers Required School Vaccines

We are excited to announce that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will be bringing a mobile vaccine van to two Durango 9-R school locations to help families catch up on the required school vaccines.
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DHS Green Team Trash Pickup, Nov. 15

The DHS Green Team will be holding a trash cleanup Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 2:40 p.m., during enrichment period. Please meet the Green Team in front of DHS at 2:40 that day! Trash bags and gloves will be provided and this is a schoolwide approved enrichment activity so underclassmen are welcome to come. Students will earn community service hours, have fun, and increase our surrounding area's sustainability!
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DHS Green Team October Newsletter

Green team had a busy month this September. A small group of green team students went on a tour of Table to Farm, a local composting facility. They learned about the importance of compost as well as it simplicity. They were amazed by the fact that 70% municipal solid waste can be composted.
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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


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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.