PACE High School

Writing Success Stories One Student at a Time

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Principal's Message

  • It is my pleasure to welcome you to Mary E. Smithey PACE High School's webpage.  Being selected as the fourth leader of this school of choice is both an honor and a privilege.  This school year marks my 20th year in education, 19th year in Duncanville ISD and my 2nd year at PACE.  Prior to joining the PACE family, I served as a teacher, a high school counselor and an assistant principal; partnering with families at Bilhartz, Hardin, Byrd, DHS and Summit.

    Each school year brings about new opportunities for learning and a new commitment to completing the race set before us.  I challenge each student to seize the opportunities that PACE has to offer.  My personal mission is to provide our students with an environment in which they will learn to set and accomplish goals, feel like contributing members of a team, internalize the meaning of the words grit and perseverance, experience academic success and above all, graduate prepared for their future college and/or career choices.

    I have challenged the faculty and staff to raise the bar academically and to expose each student to programs and interventions that will help them develop skills that will ensure their lifelong success.  We are committed to working with students and their families in a positive, respectful and professional manner.  Parents, you are an integral part of our school community and your child’s education.  Please feel free to contact the school with any questions, concerns or suggestions as all stakeholders are accountable for PACE’s success. Any obstacles encountered prior to admission are now in the past; the time has come to move forward, work hard, and commit to finishing high school! I look forward to working with you as we continue to write success stories, one student at a time.    On this journey together, Tijuana N. Hudson

School Information

  • Campus Administrators

    Tijuana Hudson
    Tijuana N. Hudson, Principal

    Barbara Roberson-Payton, Assistant Principal

    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

School History

  • 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 4 principals: Dr. Ruth Richey, Mr. Edward Marcell, Mr. Keith Butcher, and Ms. Tijuana Hudson.  Also, PACE has had 5 academic counselors: Mr. George Sprayberry, Mrs. Renee McNeely, Mr. Peter Hartgraves, Mrs. Ruthann Saldana, and Ms. Roxanne Saldana.
    • One current teacher has been with PACE since its establishment: Mrs. Lori Rhodes (Family and Consumer Science instructor).
    • The nephew of Mrs. Eva R. Simecek, principal's secretary, is Mr. James Roday.  Mr. Roday was the star of USA Network's popular series Psych and is currently starring as Gary Mendez on ABC's drama, A Million Little Things. Mr. Roday was 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 5 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 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.