David Douglas High School in Portland, OR - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Grades
    9-12
  • Students
    3,224
  • Type
    Public, Coed
  • Reviews
    361 3.6
  • Ranking

David Douglas High School is a public coed school in Portland, Oregon. It has 3,224 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 69% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 361 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

1001 Se 135th Ave
Portland, OR 97233
(503) 261-8300

Ratings and Reviews
3.6 from 361 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Health & Safety: I feel safe at school. There haven't been any instances of violence that I've noticed beyond the occasional fist fight. Although, because the campus is so large, it makes it easy for people to sneak on and off.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: The school has many opportunities for students to get college credit, that are, for the most part, very easy to get and are advertised well. The school has a good amount of clubs, though no one I know is very involved with them. The sports teams leave much to be desired, as what I've heard from classmates that we are not competitive in that area. However, out music programs are fairly good, especially our band program which places almost every year. The theater program is also excellent, and gives students of all acting experience and abilities opportunities to participate.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: The parent participation at the school is minimal. The PTSA has a very difficult time getting members. I believe there are only three or four members on the current board. I think the PTSA is very important though. They offer scholarships to students, and they fund the senior all night party. Which is a drug and alcohol free party, designed to provide a safe celebration to seniors after graduation. They also organize events like the teacher appreciation breakfast. We have really good music, art and theater programs that many students get to participate in. I can't speak for our sports programs, as I am not active in school sports.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Teachers: I am in as many advanced courses as I can be, so maybe that is why, but in my experience the overwhelming majority of teachers I have encountered are very good at their jobs. I have only had a few teachers that I felt did not tech very well. One of them I feel the need to defend though. He was an extremely positive teacher, very reasonable, and always willing to give students extra help outside of classes. It was his first year teaching, and he improved immensely as the year wore on. He was also much better at explaining things one on one. Although I was often confused, I always enjoyed being in class. I think the English needs to have some focus on some basic grammar elements, as previous schooling has not really addressed proper grammar. I still have trouble with active and passive voice, and many have a hard time distinguishing the parts of a sentence. The main problem I had was with some of my electives. While my advanced classes could get a bit noisy and unfocused at times, students were, for the most part, respectful of the teachers and focused on learning. Moving to electives where people just didn't seem to care at all was kind of a shock to me, and it was extremely frustrating when I was trying to learn. There were a few loud and disrespectful kids that made it hard for the teacher to teach.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: When it comes to music and arts, David Douglas High School is great. Our band and Orchestra frequently place in the top 5 in the state, and our full symphony orchestra has placed 2nd numerous times. Sports are another story however. Our football team is utter trash, and our best sports are usually the ones not many care for. Some examples are, water polo, and soccer.

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2.66 Centennial High School 3 mi. 1,756
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2.66 Sam Barlow High School 9 mi. 1,714

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity

Gender

Gender
Female 47%
Male 52%

Student Diversity

David Douglas High School United States Oregon Centennial High School Clackamas High School Gresham High School Reynolds High School Sam Barlow High School
White 42.0% 51.0% 64.0% 52.0% 66.0% 57.0% 43.0% 73.0%
Hispanic 23.0% 25.0% 22.2% 21.0% 10.0% 27.0% 32.0% 16.0%
Asian 17.0% 4.8% 3.9% 14.0% 14.0% 3.0% 9.0% 1.0%
African American 9.0% 15.0% 2.4% 4.0% 2.0% 3.0% 8.0% 1.0%
Multiracial 5.0% 2.8% 5.2% 5.0% 5.0% 5.0% 4.0% 5.0%
Pacific Islander 1.0% 0.4% 0.7% 0% 0% 0% 1.0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 1.6% 1.0% 0% 1.0% 0% 0%

Enrollment

Enrollment
Grade 9 25.7%
Grade 10 24.3%
Grade 11 25.3%
Grade 12 24.8%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 56 responses

  • 68% Yes
  • 21% Not sure.
  • 11% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 49 responses

  • 26% Diversity
  • 22% The music program
  • 21% There are some of the best teachers ever
  • 16% The supportive teachers and administratives
  • 8% Clubs
  • 7% Sports

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 30 responses

  • 20% Crowded
  • 15% It's really big and can swallow you up
  • 15% Cafeteria food
  • 14% Teacher -to-student ratio
  • 14% Students with bad atiitudes
  • 12% The pressures and lack of support
  • 3% Standing out
  • 3% Lack of academic program awareness
  • 3% Dress codes/humiliation/procedures

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 52 responses

  • 54% Its many buildings and massive amount of students
  • 40% The diversity
  • 4% The variety of classes
  • 2% Many students

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 53 responses

  • 74% Diverse
  • 21% Huge
  • 6% Unrepresentative

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 33 responses

  • 21% Participate at school and manage your time
  • 18% Do not procrastinate your 4 years here
  • 15% Show Up, Postitive Attitude and Give it your All
  • 15% Be friendly
  • 9% All of these will be very helpful tips
  • 6% Communicating with teachers is important
  • 6% Prove yourself trustworthy and it'll be easier
  • 6% Be hard-working as much as possible
  • 3% Sports is "more important" than school to most.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 47 responses

  • 9% I love everything about this school.
  • 83% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 9% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.