Decatur High School (Georgia)

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Decatur High School
310 North McDonough Street
Decatur, Georgia 30030-3393
United States
Coordinates 33°46′15″N 84°17′50″W / 33.770932°N 84.297273°W / 33.770932; -84.297273Coordinates: 33°46′15″N 84°17′50″W / 33.770932°N 84.297273°W / 33.770932; -84.297273
Type Public secondary
Motto Carpe Diem
Established 1912
School district Decatur City School District
Principal Arlethea Williams
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 920+ [1]
Campus Urban
Mascot Bulldog
Information 404-370-4420
Accreditation SACS
Region 4B in Class AAA (GHSA)

Decatur High School (DHS) is a high school in Decatur, Georgia, United States. It is the sole high school in the Decatur City School District and was established in 1912.



The standard core curriculum at Decatur High School is taught at the college-preparatory level, advanced, and the Advanced Placement level may begin in the 10th grade. Students may also enroll in work-study opportunities or internships, and take joint enrollment classes at local colleges. 87% of the class of 2012 attended a four-year college and 58% met the HOPE Scholarship.[1]

The average scores for the PSAT, the SAT, and the Georgia High School Graduation Test are all above the state averages. 101 students took the ACT, and 149 students took the SAT by the fall 2012 semester. The school met Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2010-2011 school year. 87% of the class of 2012 are attending a four-year college and 58% met the HOPE Scholarship.[1] Students also have to take the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)[3] tests three times every year until their senior year.

The school continues the middle years programme started at Renfroe Middle School through the 9th and 10th grades.[4][5] Sophomores may apply to the Diploma Programme after completion of the middle years programme.[4][5]

AP classes offered[edit]

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Language and Composition
  • Literature and Composition
  • Macroeconomics
  • Music Theory
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • United States History
  • World History




  • Became an AP Honor School and was included in the Washington Post's Challenge Index.[5]
  • Five seniors entered the HerWorld competition and won by designing a smart toothbrush.[5]


1920 football player

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "20122013SchoolProfile" (PDF). Decatur High School Counselors Office. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ "Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)". City Schools of Decatur. City Schools of Decatur. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Renfroe Middle School and Decatur High School International Baccalaureate-Middle Years Program". Decatur High School. City schools of Decatur. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d "CSD Annual Report 2010-2011" (PDF). City Schools of Decatur. Retrieved 15 February 2013.  External link in |work= (help)[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Kloer, Phil. The Blount Truth." Atlanta Journal-Constitution. March 29, 1987.
  7. ^ "Proud sports history honored at Decatur." The Atlanta-Journal Constitution. November 2, 2001. F1.

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