Dillard High School

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Dillard High School
2501 NW 11th St
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33311-5796
United States
Type Public, Magnet
Established 1907
School district Broward County Public Schools
Principal Cassandra Robinson
Grades 6-12
Enrollment 1,550
Color(s) Blue and Grey          
Team name Panthers
Information (754) 322-0800

Dillard High School is a historic public high school located in Fort Lauderdale of Broward County, Florida. The school was established in 1907 and named for black-education advocate James H. Dillard.

Dillard is available to all of Broward County. The school is a magnet school for Emerging Computer Technology and Performing Arts.

Dillard has an FCAT school grade of "A" for the 2013-2014 academic year.[1]

Magnet programs[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

As the first public school for people of African descent in Ft Lauderdale, Dillard High School incorporated two magnet programs in an effort to integrate and expand the educational horizons of this historic school.[2]

Dillard Center for the Arts (DCA) provides training in dance, music, theater, and visual arts, as well as an academic schedule. Students must demonstrate ability and interest in one of the four artistic academic potential. Such programs within the music department were keyboard, voice, band, orchestra and commercial music. The chorus, chorale, gospel choir, jazz band and rock band performs in Broward county and the Fort Lauderdale community and their students and bands perform at the local, state, and national levels. Their students graduate and attend some of the top college and conservatory programs in the United States, including the Juilliard School of Music.

Emerging computer technology[edit]

The Emerging computer technology offers courses in digital media, computer programming, robotics, and electronic technology hardware/network support. In addition, Dillard High School offers many advanced placement and honors courses.


As of 2011, the total student enrollment was 1496. The ethnic makeup of the school was 7% White, 88% Black, 4% Hispanic, 0% Asian or Pacific Islander, 1% Multiracial, and 0% Native American or Native Alaskan.[3]

Awards & Accolades[edit]

The Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble as of 2015 made its sixth consecutive appearance in the Essentially Ellington competition of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The band, under the direction of director Christopher Dorsey, has won the Big Band Jazz competition twice in the last five years. They also placed among the top three of the other three years that the group made it into the finals.[4]


Famed saxophonist Julian Cannonball Adderley became the high school band director at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale in 1948, and worked there until 1950.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

Performing artists
Former Faculty


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 26°08′20″N 80°10′31″W / 26.1389746°N 80.1753241°W / 26.1389746; -80.1753241