Palo Duro High School

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Palo Duro High School
Palo Duro High School
1400 N Grant
Amarillo, Texas 79107-3999
United States
Coordinates 35°13′36″N 101°49′28″W / 35.22675°N 101.82454°W / 35.22675; -101.82454Coordinates: 35°13′36″N 101°49′28″W / 35.22675°N 101.82454°W / 35.22675; -101.82454
School type Public high school
Established 1955
School district Amarillo Independent School District
Principal Amy Dorris
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1975[1] (2016)
Color(s)           Royal Blue & White
Athletics conference UIL Class AAAAA
Mascot Don
Yearbook The Conquistador

Palo Duro High School is a school located in the city of Amarillo, Texas, United States, and is one of four high schools in the Amarillo Independent School District and classified as a 5A school by the UIL. The school was named after Palo Duro Canyon, a canyon system in the Texas Panhandle. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.[2]


The Palo Duro Dons compete in these sports -[3]

Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Wrestling, Basketball, Swimming, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Track, Softball & Baseball

State Titles[edit]

  • Boys Basketball -[4]
    • 1956(3A)
  • Girls Wrestling -[5]
    • 2001(All), 2003(All)

1992 shooting[edit]

On September 11, 1992, then 17-year-old Randy Earl Matthews who transferred to the school from Memphis High School in Memphis, Texas at the start of the school year, shot and wounded 7 students with a .22-caliber pistol inside the hallway after a morning pep rally for a football game against Hereford High School. Luckily, all 7 students survived the shooting but were injured and police caught him and the other student who fled the scene and arrested him for capital murder and bringing a weapon onto school grounds. The other student who was with him was also arrested.[6]

Feeder schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

  • Horace Mann Middle School
  • Travis Middle School
  • Travis 6th Grade Campus
  • Allen Middle School (6th Grade campus)

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Eastridge Elementary
  • Emerson Elementary
  • Forest Hill Elementary
  • Hamlet Elementary
  • Robert E. Lee Elementary
  • Mesa Verde Elementary
  • Pleasant Valley Elementary
  • Will Rogers Elementary
  • Whittier Elementary

Notable alumni[edit]


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