School Profile

SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY Dillard High School is located in Broward County Florida, in the city of Fort Lauderdale.

One of thirty three high schools in the Broward County Public School District, Dillard’s campus also hosts the district’s only Performing Arts and Computer Technology Magnet Programs. The expansive, open campus mimics a small college. The area is urban, residential, and includes varied socioeconomic levels.

ACADEMIC OVERVIEW AND SCHEDULE Dillard High School is on a traditional semester schedule. There are seven (7) fifty (50) minute periods each day, which meet daily for 36 weeks.

GRADES AND TRANSCRIPTS Letter grades are assigned: A, B, C, D, are passing, F- Fail, I–Incomplete The transcript lists the GPA both weighted (5.0 scale) and unweighted (4.0 scale). Honors courses taken in the 9th – 12th grades are weighted. Advanced Placement courses are weighted in 9th –12th grades. The total GPA 9-12 includes all courses, academic and non-academic.

Magnet Programs
Dillard High School offers three magnet programs, Emerging Computer Technology, Digital Entrepreneurship, and the Visual & Performing Arts.

Visual & Performing Arts

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 are piano, 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
The Emerging computer technology offers courses in digital media, computer programming, robotics, and electronic technology hardware/network support.

Graduation Requirements

English – 4 Math 4
Science – 3 Social Studies 3
Fine Arts – 1 Physical Education – 1 (To include the intergration of Health)
Foreign Language – (Req for state university system admission)
Electives 8.5
Credits Needed For Graduation – 24

In addition, Dillard High School offers many advanced placement and honors courses.

Advanced Placement Courses
World History
English, Language Comp
US History
Physics B
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
US Government/Political Science
Art 2D, Art 3D, AP Art Design Portfolio
Music Theory

Activities DHS hosts more than 30 activities and clubs including a variety of performing and visual arts programs, computer technology programs. In addition, there are a wide range of groups focusing on scholastics, community service, politics, religion, sports, social issues, contemporary topics, and more. Students are encouraged to develop and organize clubs to support individual and group interests.

Athletics Dillard High School has a long tradition of athletic excellence that includes numerous District and State championships. The Panthers are proud of the many athletes selected for All-District and All-State teams. Team sports at Dillard include: Baseball (B), Basketball (B, G), Cross Country (B, G), Football (B), Soccer (B, G), Softball (G), Swimming (B, G), Tennis (B, G), Track & Field (B, G), Volleyball (G), and Wrestling (B).

Awards & Accolades

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. Dillard was recognized by US News & World Report as a national “Best School’s Bronze Award” recipient.


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.

Notable Alumni

Performing artists
Former Faculty