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Principal's Message

Welcome to Durand Area High School!  As a proud 1998 graduate of Durand myself, I am honored to serve the school and community in this role, and am lucky to have a job that I love!

Durand Area High School has approximately 400 students in grades 9 through 12.  The high school continuously seeks opportunities to improve programs and services offered to our students. Currently, a wide range of programs are available to all high school students.

Through both in-person and Michigan Virtual University, we are able to offer a wide range of Advance Placement courses.  Our partnership with the Shiawassee RESD gives our students dual enrollment, early college, and Career and Technical Education programs that prepare students for college and career opportunities after high school. Our own CTE programs provide opportunities for students to compete in the FFA and FCCLA organizations. These clubs allow students to compete in local and state competitions as well as foster leadership and community service opportunities. Student Government, National Honor Society, and Youth Advisory Committee are a few of the many clubs that are available to students.

A fine arts program at the high school offers additional opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular activities. The school's marching band competes annually at a large number of competitions, earning many state championships. The choir program also attends festivals and performs at many community events. In the fall of 2024, we are set to open a new Performing Arts Center that will highlight our programs even more.  The Art Club prepares art pieces and displays those at their annual art show, while our high school drama program produces both fall and spring productions.

As a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, Durand Area High School, offers 21 varsity sports, including bowling, trap, golf, and tennis.  In addition to the varsity sports, many programs offer junior varsity and freshman programs. Durand is member of the Mid-Michigan Activities Conference (MMAC).  We have recently opened our new Railroader Athletic Center, which is a point of pride for our district and offers additional practice space for not only our high school teams, but middle school and youth programs as well.

The high school staff is committed to excellence in education and strives to serve all students throughout their time with us.  Many of our staff members have children who are current or former DHS students themselves, which speaks to the family atmosphere that we value. 

I would like to thank the community for their support of our programs and facilities. Our building, programs, staff, and students are a point of pride for the community because of the wonderful support we continue to receive. If the opportunity arises, please stop in and pay us a visit.


Nicole Carpenter