Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Lexington, Kentucky

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  • PLD Band

    The PLD Marching band competed at Bourbon County Mid-states Competition last Saturday and won Class AAAA and finished third overall in finals. The band also received awards for best percussion and color guard in class AAAA. 

    Congratulations PLD Band!


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  • Sadie Hawkins Dance

    The Sadie Hawkins Dance will be held on Monday, November 5th (there is no school on Tuesday, November 6th) in the PLD cafeteria from 8:00-11:00.  Any student requesting to bring a guest from another high school will need to fill out the guest contract located in the administration office or by clicking here.  Only guests who are current high school students will be approved.  Please return any completed guest contracts to the administration office no later than Friday, October 26th at 3:15.  Remember, if you plan on bringing a guest you will not be allowed to purchase tickets unless your guest is approved.  Tickets will go on sale for $20 during all lunches in the cafeteria starting Tuesday, October 30th. 


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  • Student Survey

    Our school, district and state are collecting information about technology to help us better serve our students. Please take the survey (linked below) which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is available in both English and Spanish. The survey window closes on October 26th. Thank you for taking the time to complete this important survey for our school.

    Students – survey link


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  • Metal Detectors and ID's

    On October 16th, students will receive their photo ID on a lanyard.  The expectation is that every student will wear the ID on the lanyard around their neck so it is visible.  The ID has a barcode that will be scanned when a student is late to school, checks in at the tardy table, enters the library, and enters the guidance office.   We will expand the use of the ID over time.  Until your student can work out a daily routine, keeping up with the ID may be difficult.  We are recommending that students put the ID in their backpack at the end of the day, keep it in the car of a driver, or with their phone or keys to make sure they do not leave home without it.  We are giving students 8 days to train themselves to keep up with their ID before we implement consequences for not having it.   We would greatly appreciate it if you would remind and encourage your student to wear the ID to school.

    On October 22nd, metal detectors will be set up (not turned on) in the gym foyer and the front foyer for students to walk through as a gradual transition to full implementation. Students will have one week to adjust their travel time, walk through, and prepare their backpacks to be checked.  Student drivers and students dropped off will need to arrive at or before 8:00 A.M.   

    On October 29th, metal detectors will be fully implemented and students will be required to have their ID to enter the building.  Metal detectors will be turned on and we will begin the process of checking IDs and backpacks.  If a student loses their ID, they may purchase a replacement ID for $1.  Students who do not have an ID will be assigned SAFE until they replace or find their ID.

    Our top priority is to make sure our students are safe.  Thank you for your support and patience as we work through this process.   We will make adjustments as needed to ensure everything runs smoothly.   


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  • SBDM Parent Representative

    PTSA needs to replace an SBDM member that is moving. Any candidate that is interested should submit a short resume or letter outlining their background and experience. Also a short paragraph on why they would like to serve. Please email that information to Elections will be held on October 19th. Thank you to all who are interested.


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  • Accountability Scores

    Last year, high school students took the following tests that factor into state accountability:

    • Reading: ACT Reading section for all 2017-18 11th grade students
    • Math: ACT Math section for all 2017-18 11th grade students
    • Writing: Grade 11 KPREP On-Demand Writing for all 2017-18 11th grade students
    • ACT: Academic readiness transition indicator for all 2017-18 11th grade students
    • Various career indicators such as industry certifications and end of program exams as career transition readiness indicator for 2017-18 11th grade students who completed a career pathway

    According to the results PLD earned scores that exceed the state cut scores in all three reporting areas:



    State Cut Scores

    Dunbar Scores




    Transition Readiness*



    Graduation Rate



    *Formerly college and career readiness


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  • Immunization Requirements

    Please see the attached flyer regarding new immunization requirements for all Kentucky students.  


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  • ESS Schedule

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

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