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.
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.
|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)|
|Credits Needed For Graduation – 24|
In addition, Dillard High School offers many advanced placement and honors courses.
|Advanced Placement Courses|
|English, Language Comp|
|US Government/Political Science|
|Art 2D, Art 3D, AP Art Design Portfolio|
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.
- Performing artists
- Daniel Bernard Roumain – Composer/violinist/band leader
- Elias Soriano – Heavy metal vocalist
- Jason Derulo c/o 2005 – Singer/songwriter
- Black Violin– Innovative string duo
- Mickey Zetts– Songwriter/playwright
- Pat Sims – Defensive tackle (2008- ) Cincinnati Bengals
- Stanley McClover – Defensive end (2006- ) Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans
- Jovan Haye – Defensive tackle (2005- ) Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans
- Percy Howard – Wide receiver (1975) Dallas Cowboys
- Chris Gamble – Cornerback (2004- ) Carolina Panthers
- Quinn Gray – Quarterback (2003- ) Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Sentinels of the UFL
- Isaac Bruce – Wide receiver (1994- ) Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers
- Frank Sanders – Wide receiver (1995–2003) Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens
- Lorenzo White – Running back (1988–1995) Houston Oilers and Cleveland Browns
- Louis Holmes – Defensive end (2008) San Francisco 49ers,(2009) Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League (2009)
- Keyon Dooling – Basketball player (2000-2013) Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, and Memphis Grizzlies
- Former Faculty
- Julian Edwin Cannonball Adderley – Jazz alto saxophonist