Palo Duro High School

Summary:

Palo Duro High School is a public high school in Amarillo, Texas, serving 1,923 students in grades 9-12. The school is part of the Amarillo Independent School District, which is ranked 407 out of 968 districts in Texas and has a 3-star rating.

Palo Duro High School faces some academic challenges, with proficiency rates on STAAR EOC exams lagging behind the district and state averages in most subjects. However, the school has seen improvements in its four-year graduation rate, increasing from 81.6% in 2018-2019 to 87.0% in 2021-2022. The school serves a diverse student population, with a majority Hispanic enrollment (56.84%), and a high percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds (84.45% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch). Compared to nearby schools like Amarillo High School, Palo Duro's academic performance and school ratings are generally lower, but the school outperforms some lower-performing schools in the region, such as Caprock High School and North Heights Alter.

Palo Duro High School's spending per student has increased from $9,137 in 2018-2019 to $10,301 in 2020-2021, which is higher than the district average. The school also has a lower student-teacher ratio (15.2 in 2022-2023) compared to nearby schools, which may contribute to its relatively better performance in some areas. Overall, Palo Duro High School faces challenges but has shown improvements in certain metrics and serves a diverse student population with a high percentage of low-income students.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 1400 N Grant
       Amarillo, TX  79107-3999


(806) 326-2400

District: Amarillo Independent School District (Isd)

SchoolDigger Rank:
1187th of 1,961 Texas High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,301 Help


Feeder schools for Palo Duro High School:

Elementary:    Eastridge Elementary
    Emerson Elementary
    Forest Hill Elementary
    Hamlet Elementary
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Middle:    Johnny N Allen-6th Grade Campus
    Mann Middle
    Travis Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  15.2 Help
Number of students:  1,923

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
56.8%
African American:
17.6%
White:
11.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  84.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Palo Duro High School ranks worse than 60.5% of high schools in Texas. It also ranks 4th among 5 ranked high schools in the Amarillo Independent School District (Isd). (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 39.43. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Palo Duro High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (56.8%), African American (17.6%), White (11.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 84.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the highest percentage in the Amarillo Independent School District (Isd). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Palo Duro High School is 15.2, which is the 3rd best among 5 high schools in the Amarillo Independent School District (Isd). (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Palo Duro High School is $10,301, which is the 3rd highest among 5 high schools in the Amarillo Independent School District (Isd).
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Palo Duro High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Palo Duro High School 1187th of 1961 Texas public high schools. (See Palo Duro High School in the ranking list.)

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Amarillo Independent School District (Isd):

SchoolDigger ranks Amarillo Independent School District (Isd) 407th of 968 Texas school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Palo Duro High School

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Rank History for all students at Palo Duro High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 28.15 1217th 1427 14.7%
2005 29.85 1170th 1429 18.1%
2006 29.29 1174th 1430 17.9%
2007 31.84 1207th 1497 19.4%
2008 33.09 1224th 1510 18.9%
2009 31.07 1280th 1539 16.8%
2010 32.64 1322nd 1568 15.7%
2011 30.07 1441st 1672 13.8%
2012 35.37 1202nd 1603 25.0%
2013 37.87 1150th 1652 30.4%
2014 43.96 1084th 1734 37.5%
2015 40.24 1189th 1743 31.8%
2016 31.12 1337th 1762 24.1%
2017 25.18 1348th 1777 24.1%
2018 33.60 1193rd 1797 33.6%
2019 33.00 1283rd 1857 30.9%
2021 35.07 1229th 1861 34.0%
2022 32.35 1288th 1876 31.3%
2023 39.43 1187th 1961 39.5%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Palo Duro High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.44 514th 582 11.7%
2019 9.92 562nd 604 7.0%
2021 26.76 453rd 588 23.0%
2022 29.76 479th 664 27.9%
2023 46.33 335th 677 50.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Palo Duro High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.53 684th 1113 38.5%
2019 26.83 882nd 1136 22.4%
2021 29.23 878th 1195 26.5%
2022 28.99 881st 1278 31.1%
2023 33.98 816th 1371 40.5%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Palo Duro High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.66 714th 1347 47.0%
2019 34.08 909th 1357 33.0%
2021 34.83 899th 1382 34.9%
2022 45.63 632nd 1418 55.4%
2023 41.48 772nd 1478 47.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Palo Duro High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 40.57 1043rd 1794 41.9%
2019 40.17 1092nd 1818 39.9%
2021 42.99 1025th 1848 44.5%
2022 38.41 1110th 1847 39.9%
2023 46.77 898th 1897 52.7%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Palo Duro High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.26 49th 131 62.6%
2019 47.07 62nd 113 45.1%
2021 63.25 25th 97 74.2%
2022 39.83 65th 114 43.0%
2023 62.99 27th 93 71.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Palo Duro High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 32.69 1271st 1781 28.6%
2019 29.19 1366th 1798 24.0%
2021 34.65 1218th 1815 32.9%
2022 26.36 1399th 1841 24.0%
2023 37.63 1188th 1891 37.2%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Palo Duro High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.17 824th 1137 27.5%
2019 49.34 786th 1145 31.4%
2021 58.97 649th 1177 44.9%
2022 43.74 873rd 1172 25.5%
2023 59.50 649th 1182 45.1%
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Rank History for At Risk students at Palo Duro High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.87 774th 1784 56.6%
2019 48.60 780th 1810 56.9%
2021 45.06 861st 1829 52.9%
2022 43.91 859th 1837 53.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Palo Duro High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.01 1282nd 1803 28.9%
2019 32.28 1267th 1824 30.5%
2021 31.58 1262nd 1840 31.4%
2022 34.73 1190th 1853 35.8%
2023 38.43 1147th 1913 40.0%
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Rank History for Asian students at Palo Duro High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 4.88 463rd 486 4.7%
2019 6.02 451st 487 7.4%
2021 12.36 445th 488 8.8%
2022 7.00 477th 507 5.9%
2023 8.74 479th 525 8.8%
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Rank History for African American students at Palo Duro High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.19 697th 1013 31.2%
2019 36.35 608th 1024 40.6%
2021 32.00 665th 1020 34.8%
2022 25.87 764th 1031 25.9%
2023 29.33 737th 1069 31.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Palo Duro High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.30 826th 1691 51.2%
2019 46.89 850th 1714 50.4%
2021 43.54 938th 1743 46.2%
2022 39.94 1014th 1762 42.5%
2023 53.46 717th 1820 60.6%
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Rank History for Pacific Islander students at Palo Duro High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 10.88 32nd 34 5.9%
2021 43.56 14th 24 41.7%
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Rank History for White students at Palo Duro High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.97 1338th 1539 13.1%
2019 15.92 1365th 1526 10.6%
2021 16.88 1310th 1510 13.2%
2022 20.81 1281st 1525 16.0%
2023 23.24 1266th 1576 19.7%
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Data source: test scores: Texas Education Agency, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Palo Duro High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 569 217 182 210 n/a n/a n/a 0 1178
1989 742 323 213 330 2 n/a n/a 0 1610
1990 653 308 186 320 1 n/a n/a 0 1468
1991 615 306 173 331 3 n/a n/a 0 1428
1992 596 307 181 361 4 n/a n/a 0 1449
1993 528 283 196 372 2 n/a n/a 0 1381
1994 536 318 233 432 2 n/a n/a 0 1521
1995 572 350 213 517 2 n/a n/a 0 1654
1996 572 350 213 517 2 n/a n/a 0 1654
1997 546 354 206 517 4 n/a n/a 0 1627
1998 539 339 198 535 3 n/a n/a 0 1614
1999 503 339 206 599 6 n/a n/a 0 1653
2000 497 364 204 648 6 n/a n/a 0 1719
2001 482 371 178 705 3 n/a n/a 0 1739
2002 430 433 149 816 3 n/a n/a 0 1831
2003 430 433 149 816 3 n/a n/a 0 1831
2004 425 445 157 902 2 n/a n/a 0 1931
2005 391 457 151 931 5 n/a n/a 0 1935
2006 378 482 153 977 4 n/a n/a 0 1994
2007 326 456 132 998 5 n/a n/a 0 1917
2008 307 492 136 996 1 n/a n/a 0 1932
2009 276 435 167 1000 3 n/a n/a 0 1881
2010 220 449 200 1066 5 n/a n/a 0 1940
2011 232 417 214 1087 2 1 36 0 1989
2012 225 363 231 1095 9 1 29 0 1953
2013 239 377 235 1116 11 1 29 0 2008
2014 164 354 251 1162 1 2 41 0 1975
2015 181 344 234 1187 1 0 40 0 1987
2016 189 354 274 1236 2 0 42 0 2097
2017 206 361 300 1203 2 1 46 0 2119
2018 181 375 271 1138 1 1 41 0 2008
2019 177 362 266 1146 5 1 36 0 1993
2020 183 348 238 1103 3 6 39 0 1920
2021 200 348 229 1095 4 5 34 0 1915
2022 203 347 211 1083 7 6 38 0 1895
2023 221 339 206 1093 7 6 51 0 1923

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Palo Duro High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1178 79.0 14.9 n/a
1989 1610 n/a n/a n/a
1990 1468 92.0 15.9 n/a
1991 1428 92.2 15.4 n/a
1992 1449 95.2 15.2 45.3
1993 1381 94.0 14.7 53
1994 1521 96.6 15.7 35.2
1995 1654 103.6 16.0 16.5
1996 1654 103.6 16.0 16.5
1997 1627 102.8 15.8 47.9
1998 1614 108.0 14.9 48.1
1999 1653 106.8 15.5 49.9
2000 1719 114.4 15.0 55.5
2001 1739 115.0 15.1 53.9
2002 1831 125.4 14.6 71.1
2003 1831 125.4 14.6 71.1
2004 1931 123.7 15.6 68.8
2005 1935 117.2 16.5 70.7
2006 1994 120.5 16.5 69.2
2007 1917 131.0 14.6 75.8
2008 1932 134.0 14.4 79
2009 1881 127.9 14.7 76.9
2010 1940 128.2 15.1 78.8
2011 1989 135.3 14.6 81.7
2012 1953 134.8 14.4 83.7
2013 2008 137.5 14.5 82.8
2014 1975 138.6 14.2 86.1
2015 1987 136.0 14.6 87.3
2016 2097 141.0 14.8 85
2017 2119 139.3 15.2 86.1
2018 2008 137.2 14.6 87.3
2019 1993 135.2 14.7 79.2
2020 1920 135.4 14.1 83.5
2021 1915 134.3 14.2 79.8
2022 1895 131.0 14.4 79.1
2023 1923 126.1 15.2 84.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Palo Duro High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1178 79.0 14.9 n/a
1989 1610 n/a n/a n/a
1990 1468 92.0 15.9 n/a
1991 1428 92.2 15.4 n/a
1992 1449 95.2 15.2 45.3
1993 1381 94.0 14.7 53
1994 1521 96.6 15.7 35.2
1995 1654 103.6 16.0 16.5
1996 1654 103.6 16.0 16.5
1997 1627 102.8 15.8 47.9
1998 1614 108.0 14.9 48.1
1999 1653 106.8 15.5 49.9
2000 1719 114.4 15.0 55.5
2001 1739 115.0 15.1 53.9
2002 1831 125.4 14.6 71.1
2003 1831 125.4 14.6 71.1
2004 1931 123.7 15.6 68.8
2005 1935 117.2 16.5 70.7
2006 1994 120.5 16.5 69.2
2007 1917 131.0 14.6 75.8
2008 1932 134.0 14.4 79
2009 1881 127.9 14.7 76.9
2010 1940 128.2 15.1 78.8
2011 1989 135.3 14.6 81.7
2012 1953 134.8 14.4 83.7
2013 2008 137.5 14.5 82.8
2014 1975 138.6 14.2 86.1
2015 1987 136.0 14.6 87.3
2016 2097 141.0 14.8 85
2017 2119 139.3 15.2 86.1
2018 2008 137.2 14.6 87.3
2019 1993 135.2 14.7 79.2
2020 1920 135.4 14.1 83.5
2021 1915 134.3 14.2 79.8
2022 1895 131.0 14.4 79.1
2023 1923 126.1 15.2 84.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Palo Duro High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $967 (10.6%) $8,170 (89.4%) $9,137
2020 $975 (10.4%) $8,409 (89.6%) $9,384
2021 $1,352 (13.1%) $8,949 (86.9%) $10,301

Data source: Texas Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1283rd of 1857 High schoolsRanks 1187th of 1961 High schools
 8.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course Algebra I (Palo Duro High School)5445
 9%
   End of Course Algebra I (Amarillo Independent School District (Isd))6057
 3%
   End of Course Algebra I (Texas)6245
 17%
End of Course Biology (Palo Duro High School)6051
 9%
   End of Course Biology (Amarillo Independent School District (Isd))6562
 3%
   End of Course Biology (Texas)6357
 6%
End of Course English I Reading (Palo Duro High School)3550
 15%
   End of Course English I Reading (Amarillo Independent School District (Isd))4361
 18%
   End of Course English I Reading (Texas)4954
 5%
End of Course English II Reading (Palo Duro High School)3644
 8%
   End of Course English II Reading (Amarillo Independent School District (Isd))4456
 12%
   End of Course English II Reading (Texas)5156
 5%
End of Course U.S. History (Palo Duro High School)5567
 12%
   End of Course U.S. History (Amarillo Independent School District (Isd))7075
 5%
   End of Course U.S. History (Texas)7571
 4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students19931923
 3.5%
African American362339
 6.4%
American Indian57
 40%
Asian266206
 22.6%
Hispanic11461093
 4.6%
Pacific Islander16
 500%
White177221
 24.9%
Two or More Races3651
 41.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients79.2%84.5%
 5.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Palo Duro High School

Students at Palo Duro High School are 57% Hispanic, 18% African American, 11% White, 11% Asian, 3% Two or more races.

Palo Duro High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Eastridge Elementary
Elementary : Emerson Elementary
Elementary : Forest Hill Elementary
Elementary : Hamlet Elementary
Elementary : Mesa Verde Elementary
Elementary : Park Hills Elementary
Elementary : Pleasant Valley Elementary
Elementary : Rogers Elementary
Elementary : Whittier Elementary
Middle : Johnny N Allen-6th Grade Campus
Middle : Mann Middle
Middle : Travis Middle

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,923 students attended Palo Duro High School.

Palo Duro High School ranks 1187th of 1961 Texas high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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