Dater is a larger high school with the feel of a much smaller one. Because of caring, highly skilled teachers and administration and a positive, diverse and inclusive culture of high expectations, Dater students find a home away from home where friendships and successful futures are forged. 

In the 7th grade, Dater students are placed in academic, interdisciplinary teams. This provides a structured transition from elementary to high school and allows students to build strong friendships with a small group of fellow students. The "big, scary high school" is brought down to size through careful attention to young people's social and academic needs. This team structure continues in the 8th grade.

Dater also has a wide variety of student-generated extracurricular activities where students with similar interests are able to come together regularly and build friendship and support. 

Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide an excellent academic education that will prepare all students for college, career and beyond.

Dater is a rigorous, college-preparatory school where students benefit from caring, high-quality instructors; a positive, encouraging culture; and a variety of extracurricular activities.

Diverse Academic Offerings

Dater offers a wide selection of academic options for students: Special College Preparatory Program, Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, English as a Second Language and Culinary Arts.

If you are interested in pursuing success in college or a career, Dater has a program that will meet your needs and challenge you to grow to be your best. 

Diverse Student Population

Dater is one of the most diverse schools in the district. Students come to Dater from all races, ethnic heritages, socio-economic backgrounds and ability levels. Regardless of what makes each student unique, all students are respected and all differences are appreciated and celebrated. Any student can feel included at Dater. 

Dater's Core Values

Dater High School's Core Values represent who we are as students and staff and what we strive to become. Who we are can best be seen in our actions and attitudes on a daily basis. These Core Values affect how we interact with one another in school and in the community, how we prioritize and how we make decisions. At Dater High School, we:

Work Hard

We have some of the most talented and smart students in the Cincinnati area. That talent and intelligence, however, will never produce the future we want for ourselves and our families without toil — the type of work that is uncomfortable and difficult. As we choose to work hard, we will see results.

Love to Learn

Dater students are not satisfied with what they have learned so far in life. We all realize that there is an endless supply of important questions yet to be answered (or even asked!); critical links yet to be discovered; and horizons yet to be explored. This leaves Dater students and staff always hungry for more knowledge, more intellectual conversation and more challenges. 

Never Quit

What makes Dater different is that we face a challenging academic curriculum, endure difficulty at times, and never quit until we reach our goals of success and excellence.


At Dater, we strive to be counter-cultural, caring about those around us, our community and those less fortunate than us. We seek to heal rather than hurt, collaborate rather than isolate. We encourage one another and work to make our world a safer, cleaner and more accepting place.

Prepare for the Future

We plan our time and activities around our priorities and always keep an eye on our future while working in the present. Why settle for surprises when we can plan for success?

Dater's Motto — Visus Est Clavis

Our school motto, Visus Est Clavis, is a latin phrase which means, “Vision Is the Key.” At Dater High School, we know that focused hard work will lead to a successful future. But we must also do the work of planning what we want our future to look like: what career choices we might want to pursue; what colleges we might want to attend; what type of family we want to have; what impact we wish to have on our community, nation or the world. Once we have vision for where we are going, we can more carefully focus our hard work so that it leads to the specific successes we want for ourselves. Hard work is essential, but vision is the key.

Dater High School: A Community Learning Center

Through Dater's partnership with Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (CYC) the school has made a commitment to being a Community Learning Center.

Known in other states as community schools, community learning centers strive to be both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Schools become centers of the community.

Using public schools as hubs, community learning centers bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. Partners work to achieve these results:

For more information on community learning centers, visit Cincinnati Public Schools Community Learning Centers.

Dater works with strong community organizations to enhance the rigorous academic curriculum offered. The partners located at the school on a daily basis are listed below. For more information visit our Community Partners Page.


Gilbert A. Dater High School was founded in 2000 after existing as a junior high school since 1967. The goal of former principal Dr. Beverly Eby was to establish a high school on the west side of Cincinnati that offered a college-preparatory curriculum and the highest standard of academic achievement for students grades 7-12.

Since then, Dater has grown to become one of the most well-regarded high schools in the city. Having grown from 750 to more than 1,200 students, Dater is proud to have a diverse student population and an excellent staff of teachers and other educators.

Gilbert A. Dater

Gilbert A. Dater was born in Alsace, a predominantly Germanic province in eastern France, in 1818. In 1824, the Dater family migrated to the United States, settling briefly in Brown County, Indiana and then moving to Cincinnati. Dater married Louisa Fein (1827-1894). In 1848, he acquired the land where the former Dater Junior High School building (now Dater Montessori School) was located along with quite a bit of land on the west side of Cincinnati. Dater owned and operated his own businesses and, while having had only limited formal education, had a profound respect for learning.