Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

1600 Man o' War Boulevard • Lexington, KY 40513
Phone: (859) 381-3546 • Fax: (859) 381-3560

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School hours: 8:25 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Our school is named after the 19th-century African-American poet; it also pays tribute to the historically African-American high school that was once the heart of downtown Lexington and had a rich tradition of excellence and high expectations.

We're one of the largest schools in the state, but parents, students and staff say Paul Laurence Dunbar feels like a small school because of the close relationships. We go to great lengths to ensure that students feel warm and welcome. Dunbar also has a reputation for excellence across a broad range of programs -- not only academics and athletics, but also community service and the performing arts.

What makes our school special

Our Math, Science and Technology Center is a program for students identified as gifted and talented. It offers a rigorous four-year curriculum designed to develop students who are internationally competitive in STEM disciplines.

How to apply

FCPS online application -- The window typically is Aug. 15 to Oct. 7 for the following school year. It's not a first-come, first-served system. Applications may be submitted anytime during the window, and all receive equal consideration.

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