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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 1,380
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3537 Farmdale Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90016

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(323) 298-8400
(323) 298-8501
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July 04, 2013
Dorsey has the potential to be an excellent school but student numbers are way down and the District builds a new gym and is remodeling the old gym while textbooks are so old Obama isn't in the history books and computers in classrooms.are obsolete and few and far between. The students would be better served if the money was put into upgrading the pitiful library and providing programs to help students who are not on grade level in math, reading, or writing which unfortunately is the majority of the school. Sadly until the District puts academics before athletics and puts money into helping students with academic deficits, the test scores will continue to reflect this. The school administration is not to blame. They are doing a good job and can only work with what the District gives them. - A teacher

- submitted by a teacher

July 22, 2012
It is a really bad area and school is really dead looking,teachers dont teach but watch movies and text,and staff are abbusive not recomended. please parents just dont

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2010
Compared to North Torrance High school, Dorsey cares more about my son. My son coaches make sure his classes are fit for him, and the teachers are available to the parents. The teachers show concern about my son and that he is prepared for college. Thank you Dorsey Staff. Brenda Brown

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2010
a really good school, the teachers really care for students and its feels like one big family

- submitted by a student

March 21, 2009
Susan Miller Dorsey High School is a very beautiful campus with a history of distinguished alumni. Call on the alums to remind the present student body of the proud traditions, high priority of academics, showcase of the arts and champions developed through athletics.dj

- submitted by a community member

March 20, 2009
The school has dedicated teachers and staff members that help students through the college transition.

- submitted by a student

April 01, 2008
I am in leadership at Dorsey high school and the students are committed, the teachers are fabulous and the campus is beautiful. It's under renovation to be finished in 2010. Dorsey family is a great one to be a part of. Dorsey Pride!

- submitted by a student

May 01, 2007
I have found out that it is up to the parents, and the student, not the school. any school can be a learning environment, and any child at Dorsey can go to college, if they apply themselves and meet the requirements. parents have to be more proactive in their childen's educational pursuits. I am a mom of 3 college grads, who went to school in the inner city of los angeles, and I have a child there at dorsey, who has shown marked improvements, beause, he turned his situation around himself!

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2007
It's not a healthy environment for our kids. The staff members look unhappy, as a parent I don t recommend this school at all but we don t have choices in our communities .

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2006
I had been reluctant to send my son to Dorsey in 2003(9th grade)& waited until spring 2005 because like a lot of parents, I was concerned with the gang activity in the area and the ignorant attitude that my son wouldn't receive a quality education'in the hood'. Not only did I sell my son's intelligence short but also the excellent,caring teachers and supporting staff that give back.'A true learner will & can learn anywhere where knowledge exists. An educator will educate wherever & whenever they can' My son has thrived @ Dorsey! As an involved parent I visit the campus often and always feel welcomed.I have met some of the most genuine,intellegent and caring people(Staff) @ a school.I owe both the staff as well as my child an apology, for ever doubting the excellence our people have and do offer.

- submitted by a parent

December 27, 2005
Great school. Great football! Great people!

- submitted by a student

December 06, 2005
My son is a 9th grader at Dorsey High, I was very hesitate to put in Dorsey, because of the area. My experience so far as been wonderful. The 9th grade office works really hard to help the kids. I wanted to meet with his teachers, and it took 4 days to set it up and have all of his teachers their at one time. He has great teachers and they really work hard to help the kids succeed. Since September I have seen great parent involvement. I am hoping that he eventually graduates from Dorsey. So far kudos for Susan Miller High.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2005
Dorsey high school is terrific. I am very happy here and I will support dorsey all the way.

- submitted by a student

August 24, 2005
I would say that Dorsey is a good school for athletics and certain academic programs at the school are goo...but in general the faculty tend to act superior and treat the students like trash, and just try to hold back their success in general.

- submitted by a student

May 24, 2005
Dorsey High School is a great place. Althought the area is known for crime, the school provides a safe, diverse, and nurturing environment for its students. As a graduate, I would like to thank the faculty and staff for everything.

- submitted by a student

May 11, 2005
The school choir is great. The TruDonion Choir can sing songs by Handel and can perform songs by Ray Charles. The directors Ms. Marilyn Payne and Mr. R. Hines are doing a magnificent job. And the students are well-mannered. I am proud of the choir at Dorsey. They also just won a choral festival in Utah. Some people say that there is nothing good going on in the hood but the choir at Dorsey is something good. The youth are not only taught how to sing songs, but they are also taught music theory, composition, history and how to convey their own ideas in music. I am glad that I had a chance to experience the Dorsey TruDonion Choir.

- submitted by a teacher

April 09, 2005
The school has too many students per teacher ratio, also the physical plant is old and in need of updating, the secutiy at the location should also be increased.

- submitted by a student

November 29, 2004
I have two children at Dorsey and I've been disappointed through the years. Parent involvement is so low that your lucky to get five to six parents out at a meeting at a school that is over crowed.

- submitted by a parent

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Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School
3537 Farmdale Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90016
(323) 298-8400
Last modified Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top