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About This School

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School is a public high school. 2,099 students attend Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 31% of the 2,099 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School is 19:1. Lexington Catholic High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Asian 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 65% 59%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 15% 24%
Hispanic 12% 9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.05% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31% 45%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has a great teaching staff - for the most part they are very committed and involved - we have several very exceptional teachers! The opportunities for student involvement are great.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great academics great atmosphere solid instructors great extracurricular programs.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am proud to say that I am a graduate from Paul Laurence Dunbar High. This school opened several doors for me allowed me to achieve in areas where it did not seem possible. The faculty and staff interact with the students and are there for students if they need them. Students are labled- which allows children to feel proud about who they are and their preferences. One should expect to be challenged in the classroom. I can say that everyone whom I have ever encountered who has attended or is currently enrolled has pride in PLDHS. Props to my former school teachers and staff. Continue doing an excellent job* )

  • (6 years ago)

    I love it the sporting tradition is huge. Im proud to be on the football team

  • (6 years ago)

    Top academic programs excellent althletic programs music department one of the best in state and nation.

  • (7 years ago)

    I attended Dunbar from 1996-2006 and my youngest brother is now a freshman at Dunbar. The quality of education at Dunbar is excellent; students are challenged both academically and extracurricularly to excel.

  • (8 years ago)

    I graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar in 2004 as a member of the MSTC program. I am currently at Stanford University. Many of the students in my class attended the top universities in the nation and I really attribute it to the great MSTC program and Dunbar in general.

  • (9 years ago)

    You will recieve a great education at Paul Laurence Dunbar H.S. but they are very strict with rules. Like being are suspended for having to many tardies. They also have very friendly teachers.

  • (11 years ago)

    I had two children at this school. Both graduated and went to Washington University in St Louis. Both have done extremely well there and the eldest is at law School in Washington DC. My children went through private schools until they went to Dunbar and I found this school to be exceptional.

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