PACE High School

Duncanville Independent School District

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Principal's Message

  • Welcome

    As a graduate of Duncanville High School (Class of '83), it is my honor to serve Duncanville ISD and the students of Duncanville as principal of Mary E. Smithey PACE High School.

    Since the mid 1990's, PACE has been Duncanville ISD's alternative education campus of choice providing another learning environment which may better assist at-risk students to achieve their goal of high school graduation.

    Admission to PACE is by application and a review of an individual's academic, disciplinary, and attendance records from Duncanville High School. Qualified applicants will be interviewed by campus administration to determine whether or not PACE is an appropriate placement.

    Once accepted, PACE students are given the opportunity to complete all requirements prescribed by the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees and the Texas Education Agency for high school graduation at an accelerated rate through digitally directed curriculum. This curriculum is internet accessible for students 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Highly qualified instructors monitor academic progress and provide individual guidance as needed.

    Since 2005, it's been my pleasure to see so many PACE graduates overcome their personal obstacles and unique circumstances in order to obtain their high school diplomas. PACE graduates go on to become teachers, medical professionals, lawyers, business leaders, and soldiers.  

    If you believe you're a good candidate for PACE, I encourage you to complete the application located on the PACE Homepage and send it in as soon as possible.

    I wish all Duncanville ISD students all my best and hope you all make continuous academic progress!




    Keith Butcher


    Principal Bio     

School History

  • PACE


    Mary E. Smithey PACE High School opened as PACE School in 1993. The alternative school was renamed in 2008 for former district teacher Mary E. Smithey. The school serves grades 10-12.


    Did you know that...

    • Since its establishment, PACE has been known as PACE High School, Mary E. Smithey PACE Learning Center, and is currently named Mary E. Smithey PACE High School.
    • Since its establishment, PACE has had two campuses.  The first campus was located just south of Duncanville High School, having 3 portable buildings and one brick building.  In 2012, PACE was relocated to the repurposed Duncanville Junior High School, a building which was originally constructed in 1958.
    • PACE has served international transfer students coming from all over the world, including Great Britain, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, and Trinidad & Tobago.
    • PACE has served the educational needs of students striving to represent their countries in the Olympics.
    • Since 1993, PACE has had 3 principals: Dr. Ruth Richey, Mr. Edward Marcell, and Mr. Keith Butcher.  Also, PACE has had 5 academic counselors: Mr. George Sprayberry, Mrs. Renee McNeely, Mr. Peter Hartgraves, Mrs. Ruthann Saldana, and Ms. Roxanne Saldana.
    • Two current teachers have been with PACE since its establishment: Mr. Garry Buchanan (Art instructor) and Mrs. Lori Rhodes (Family and Consumer Science instructor).
    • The nephew of Mrs. Eva R. Simecek, principal's secretary, is Mr. James Roday.  Mr. Roday is the star of USA Network's popular series Psych.  Mr. Roday is also featured in the movie version of The Dukes of Hazzard, starring Mr. Johnny Knoxville.
    • In order to recognize student academic achievement, PACE conducts up to 12 graduation celebrations throughout the year.
    • PACE students have 24 hour/7 days a week access to their coursework through Edgenuity. 
    • Once students successfully complete a course here at PACE, course credit is immediately awarded.  Students do not have to wait until the end of a semester to receive earned credits.
    • PACE students may take any course anytime regardless of whether or not the course is traditionally scheduled during the first or second semester.

School Information

  • 502 E Freeman St
    Duncanville 75116
    p. 972-708-2470
    f. 972-708-2474


    School Motto
    "Pursuing Academic and Career Excellence"


    School Colors
    Red and Royal Blue

    School Hours
    7:30 am - 3:00 pm

    Mission Statement
    The mission of PACE High School is to guide students to become academically, socially, and emotionally prepared for self sufficiency. The individual instructional needs of students will be met in order to develop self-esteem and to inspire internal motivation necessary to become responsible, contributing members of society. PACE provides a flexible learning environment for students who must deal with the demands of employment and/or unique domestic obligations while working towards high school graduation.


    10th - 12th grades


    Campus Administrator
    Keith Butcher, Principal