Award Year: 2020

duPont Manual High School

120 West Lee Street
Louisville, KY, 40208-1954

(502) 485-8241

Mr. Darryl Farmer, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

Jefferson County

School Website


duPont Manual and the Youth Performing Arts Schools provide a dynamic, interdisciplinary, diverse learning community that focuses on rigorous academic, technical, and artistic college-preparatory magnet programs.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 18%
  • White: 58%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 20%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
School Pep Rally Performance

School Pep Rally Performance

duPont Manual High School was proud to have the Magnet School's of America's Executive Director, Scott Thomas, audit us a few years ago. Through Scott, we learned there is no other school in America comparable to Manual. It seems having five heterogeneous magnet programs (High School University, Journalism & Communications, Math/Science/Technology, Visual Art, and the Youth Performing Arts School) with so little in common makes us a national anomaly. Nowhere else in the US can you find such tremendous student achievement arising from such a diverse collection of magnet programs and students. Yet, year after year, Manual defies conventional wisdom by producing greater achievements than our homogeneous peers. Grammy Awards, Intel ISEF winners, professional athletes, Gold Key Awards, Goldwater Scholars, National Pacemaker Award winners - you'll find these and more at Manual. Manual's diverse student body maintains a school-wide ACT average of 27 and over 80% of the almost 3,000 AP tests Manual students take each year achieve a score of 3 or higher. In fact as many as 10% of a typical Manual senior class are National Merit Semi-Finalists, with representation from each magnet program.

Manual's "secret", the heartbeat of this unparalleled level of achievement, is our systemic, data-driven, and individualized system of monitoring and supporting student growth and mastery of content skills. Manual's specialized study skills courses, taught by highly skilled teachers, and our robust referral system for academic and behavioral interventions fosters our students' seemingly improbable level of accomplishment. And all this is done with a deliberate focus on diversity; graduating classes at Manual are routinely composed of up to 25% first-generation Americans, representing as many as 50 countries each year.