Dillard High School

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Dillard High School
Dillard High School is located in Florida
Dillard High School
Dillard High School
2501 NW 11th St


United States
CoordinatesCoordinates: 26°08′20″N 80°10′31″W / 26.1389746°N 80.1753241°W / 26.1389746; -80.1753241
TypePublic, Magnet
School districtBroward County Public Schools
PrincipalCassandra Robinson
Enrollment2,330 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Blue and Grey          
Team namePanthers
Information(754) 322-0800

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

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

Dillard serves sections of Fort Lauderdale for middle school and sections of Fort Lauderdale and Lauderhill for high school.[2][3]

Dillard has an FCAT school grade of "A" for the 2013–2014 academic year.[4]

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.[5]

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 areas and exhibit 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 perform at the local, state, and national levels. Graduates of the magnet program go on to attend some of the top colleges and conservatory programs in the United States, including the Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Columbia University.

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 the 2016-2017 school year, the total student enrollment was 2,078. The ethnic makeup of the school was 2.59% White, 90% Black, 5.63% Hispanic, 0.52% Asian or Pacific Islander, 1.10% Multiracial, and 0.09% Native American or Native Alaskan.[6]

Awards & Accolades[edit]

In 2012, The Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble had the honor of performing with jazz great Wynton Marsalis as his demonstration band at the Midwest Clinic in December 2012.[7] In both 2011 and 2012 the Jazz Ensemble won the Essentially Ellington competition of Jazz at Lincoln Center.[8] The band, under the direction of director Christopher Dorsey, by 2015 had made its sixth consecutive appearance in the Big Band Jazz competition. Placing among the top three in the other three years that the group made it into the finals.[9]


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.[10]

In 1967, Fort Lauderdale High School met Dillard in the season opener for both teams. This, along with another game in Broward County between Ely and McArthur the same night, was the first meeting between white and black teams. Prior to the game, the FLHS team members held their own practices as the coaches refused to hold practice.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]

Performing artists
Former Faculty


  1. ^ "DILLARD 6-12". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "Zoning map & officers." Lauderhill, Florida. Retrieved on September 27, 2018. See existing land use map (2007) and future land use map (2006)
  3. ^ "Dillard 6-12." Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on September 27, 2018.
  4. ^ FCAT School Grades - High
  5. ^ http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/olddillardmuseum/AboutUs/About%20Us960.html
  6. ^ Enrollment Counts
  7. ^ Drew, N. (2012, November 08). Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble to perform at annual Midwest Clinic. Retrieved September 27, 2016, from http://thewestsidegazette.com/dillard-center-for-the-arts-jazz-ensemble-to-perform-at-annual-midwest-clinic/
  8. ^ Stocker and Susan Stocker Staff, M. (2011, May 15). DILLARD BAND WINS NATIONAL JAZZ TITLE. Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), p. 1B.. Retrieved from http://infoweb.newsbank.com/resources/doc/nb/news/1373F2129F7F3B80?p=AWNB
  9. ^ Sun Sentinel – "Dillard High's jazz band back in the bright lights of New York"
  10. ^ Cannoball-Adderley.com
  11. ^ Boetel, Ray (3 November 1992). "Races Against Time Football`s Black And White A Pretty 25th Anniversary Picture". Retrieved 28 November 2017.

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