About Denton High School

  • Denton High School first opened its doors in 1884 and was one of the first free public school buildings in Denton County. The school shares its name with the City of Denton, the county seat, and is one of the oldest public schools in Texas, speaking to our community’s longtime belief in education.

    The new campus, the school’s seventh location, is situated on approximately 150 acres of land on Bronco Way near the University of North Texas’ Discovery Park. It is less than 1.5 miles from the former location on Fulton Street, which opened in 1957. The new Denton High is 490,000 square feet and was designed by VLK Architects and built by Northstar Builders. The campus is built with more than one million bricks of locally sourced clay from Denton County, fired at our local ACME Brick plant. The brick blend was hand selected and is known as ACME's "Bronco Blend."

    The campus serves 2,200 students and is one of the key projects that voters approved in May 2018 as part of a capital improvement plan targeting the district’s older facilities. The new facility is equipped with Geothermal heating and cooling systems and with the latest Control System Technology for maximum energy savings. 

    Denton High offers the International Baccalaureate programme, a highly acclaimed curriculum that encourages and influences students to approach education through a global scope. DHS is just one of a handful of schools in North Texas that allows students the opportunity to graduate with an IB diploma and gain up to 24 credit hours to any college and university across the country.

    Students at DHS also have the opportunity to take a variety of academic courses, including Advanced Placement, Pre-AP classes and dual-credit college courses. Recent DHS graduates have gone on to such prestigious academic institutions as: Dartmouth College, Amherst College, Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University and the University of Oklahoma.

    There are a variety of extra-curricular clubs as well with something for every student’s interest. Students can choose from fine arts programs such as our award-winning jazz band, mariachi, choir and art. Students can also participate in ROTC and FFA as well as unique offerings like the bilingual multicultural club, which focuses on bringing together the various cultures and backgrounds of DHS students, and SAAVY, which helps teens make positive choices during and after high school.

    DHS athletics have historically been among the top programs in the state with the boys basketball team named one of the top 10 all-time programs by TexPreps Basketball as well as two state championships in girls soccer and recent playoff appearances in baseball, volleyball,  girls track and boys and girls golf.

    Established: 1884
    Mascot: Broncos
    Colors: Purple and Gold