Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Lexington, Kentucky

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  • Dunbar artist takes runner-up honors in local exhibition

    Lindsay Maystead's painting Dunbar's Lindsay Maystead was runner-up in the 2019 Youth Arts Council Exhibition with her painting “Wonder" and received a $75 prize during the May 17 Gallery Hop reception at the Living Arts & Science Center. Overall, 135 students submitted 270 pieces. Dunbar’s Nancy Zhang got an honorable mention.
    The display continues through June 28 at the Living Arts & Science Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.

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  • Dunbar 'A' took first place in the 2019 Kentucky Envirothon.

    Upperclassmen secure state honors in Kentucky Envirothon

    Dunbar's “A” team brought home overall top honors in the 2019 Kentucky Envirothon state competition. Upperclassmen Shashank Bhatt, Angie Xiao, Sydney Sun, Reka Gal, and Katrina Baniak also had the highest scores in Current Topic and Wildlife, and a perfect score in Aquatics. They will compete next in the North American Envirothon this July in Raleigh, North Carolina. If you'd like to help with travel expenses, please contact coach Heather Silvanik.

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  • INTEL Winners

    Rachel Seevers and David Vulakh have been competing this week in Phoenix as part of the International Science and Engineering Fair as part of Team Kentucky. They did fantastic!

    Rachel: Young Scientist Award (one of top three award winners), Best in Category, Physical Science first award, and the Shanghai STEM Cloud Center award. By my count she won close to $60000!

    David: Physical Science third award, Air Force Research Laboratory, and United Technologies Corporation. He won close to $5000 in prizes!

    We are proud of the hard work they put in and how they represented themselves and Dunbar. Be sure to congratulate them when you see them!


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  • Tennis Winner!

    Congratulations to Matt Halpin for winning the 11th Region Tennis Singles Championship for the third straight year!


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    Hi Senior Parents!  It is a tradition at PLD for the parents of seniors to organize and provide a delicious, grab-and-go breakfast for the senior class following their graduation practice at Dunbar.  The practice will be held at 8:30 am on May 31st.  The breakfast will start around 10:30 am.  We will be serving just under 550 students, so this is quite a task.

    We need parents to help with food and monetary donations as well as help with setting-up, serving, and cleaning-up afterwards.  Food can be brought to Dunbar the morning of the 31st, anytime between 8:30 and 9:30 am.  Cash and checks can be brought anytime to the main office before May 30.  Please place the monetary donation in an envelope labelled “Drew Whitley” and please make checks payable to “Sarah Mills”. Thank you so much for helping with this fun event.


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  • Final Exam Schedule


    May 28th
    A Day

    May 29th
    B Day

    May 30th
    A Day

    May 31st
    B Day


    A1 Final

    B1 final

    A1 Class

    B1 Class


    A2 Class

    B2 Class

    A2 Final

    B2 Final


    A4 Class

    B4 Class

    A3 Class

    B3 Class


    A3 Final

    B3 Final

    A4 Final

    B4 Final

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  • FCPS Graduations

    Graduation times have been set! The last day of school for students will be Friday, May 31st. Graduations are listed below:

    • Monday, June 3, 2019, 10 a.m. – Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
    • Monday, June 3, 2019, 1:30 p.m. – Tates Creek High School
    • Monday, June 3, 2019, 5 p.m. – Bryan Station High School
    • Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 10 a.m. – Frederick Douglass High School
    • Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 1:30 p.m. – Henry Clay High School
    • Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 5 p.m. – Lafayette High School


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  • Dunbar Theater Summer Camp

    WHEN: June 10-14, 2019

    WHERE : Dunbar High School Theatre

    WHO: Students K-9th (students will be divided into 3 age groups)

    WHAT: Children will work with Dunbar drama teachers and students to gain valuable theatrical and literacy tools. They will rotate through stations of acting, musical theatre, choreography, improv games, and crafts to construct a showcase performance for parents Friday evening.

    See this flyer for more information.


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  • Make-up Days Announced

    The make-up days for missed instructional days are shown below.

    • May 29, 2019 will be a B day
    • May 30, 2019 will be an A day
    • May 31, 2019 will be a B day

     The updated block rotation schedule can be viewed here.


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  • Youth Services Center

    We are happy to announce that our Youth Services Center is open and ready to serve our students and families! The purpose of the Center is to address and remove non-academic barriers to student success. Services include:

    • Referrals for physical and mental health services
    • Food and clothing banks
    • Family crisis intervention
    • Career exploration and development
    • Employment services for students and parents/guardians

    This semester, the Center will continue to provide families with weekend food assistance through the PLD Weekend Food Backpack Program. If you would like your child/family to receive a weekend food backpack, please complete the form located HERE. Return it to Shakira Mason, room 803 or send it via email to

    Also attached is a referral form that can be returned to the school if other services are needed.

    We look forward to working with you to make sure our students can reach their full potential. For more information about Family Resource and Youth Service Centers, please visit


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  • ESS Schedule

    The ESS Schedule can be found here in English and en Español.

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