|Duval High School|
|Type||Government-funded co-educaitonal bi-modal partially academically selective and comprehensive secondary day school|
|Motto||Learning to Live|
|School district||Armidale; Rural North region|
|Educational authority||New South Wales Department of Education|
|Teaching staff||48.3 FTE (2018)|
|Colour(s)||Bottle-green and white|
Founded in 1974, the school enrolled approximately 600 students in 2018, from Year 7 to Year 12, of whom 17 percent identified as Indigenous Australians and 15 percent were from a language background other than English. The school is operated by the NSW Department of Education; and the school's motto is Learning to Live.
In 2018 it was announced that Duval High would merge with Armidale High School to form the newly-established Armidale Secondary College that will cater for approximately 1,500 students from Year 7 to Year 12. The installation of a temporary additional school at Duval High School started, in readiness for students during the transition period from January 2019. Construction of Armidale Secondary College commenced in 2019 and continue in 2020. It is expected that Armidale Secondary College will commence in Term 1, 2021.
The school sits at the foot of Duval Mountain, which was named after stockman John Duval, a farmer from Staffordshire, England who, following the break and enter of a property, was sentenced to death in 1825. Duval was transported to New South Wales and worked for Captain William Dumaresq guiding squatters to the north.
Duval High School is also recognised for the talent of students in the field of arts, particularly drama and public speaking. The school is renowned for its bold approach to theatre, and has presented a wide variety of plays in different theatrical styles and dealing with different contexts.
Recent productions have included Under Milk Wood, a play by Dylan Thomas, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Love Actually...Not, a student-directed cabaret and The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
Duval High School is also recognised for its high achievements in sport including girls' soccer State Final, 2006; boys field hockey State Final victory, 2004; State Finals, futsal, 2004; table tennis State Finals, 2004 and girls soccer State Champions 2008.