Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Congratulations to Mahika Gupta who won 1st Place in Ceramics at the NAEA State Exhibit in Louisville!

Congratulations to Sahil Nair, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, who was presented with the 2014 Distinguished Leader Award from Leadership Lexington Youth (LLY)! Read more about it here.

Junior-Senior Prom is April 19th at PLD. All students that plan to attend prom will be required to follow all of the school policies and expectation while attending a school event.

In order to maintain student safety, all students attending the prom will be required to submit their vehicles (upon entering campus) and themselves to a search conducted by school and law enforcement officials. Students will be searched again upon entering the door of the prom. Any student in or driving a vehicle found to be in possession of alcohol or illegal drugs will be in our alternative to suspension program for 10 days and sent home with parents. Students determined to be “under the influence” of alcohol and/or drugs will receive the same consequences. Students should be aware that once they have entered prom they will not be allowed to leave for any reason and re-enter prom. 

The Senior Class is sponsoring a Craft Fair:

Mother May I 
Saturday, May 3rd
10 am – 2 pm
Dunbar High School

Come and shop for all of the women in your life! 

If interested in renting space for the craft fair contact Jennifer Dubois @

  • 8x8 space is $50
  • 4x4 space is $30

Deadline is April 25th or add $10 additional late fee. 

Dear Senior Parents - Senior Ad deadline has been extended to Friday, April 18th... 
This year is full of memorable events that you and your child will never forget! As a parent you have the wonderful opportunity to showcase your child’s achievements. You will be able to purchase baby ads starting today through Friday, March 28, 2014. Baby Ads are specifically for seniors and featured in the yearbook as a way to remember their  achievements.  They are ALL COLOR! Don’t miss out on this chance to recognize your child!

Full Page = $175
1/2 Page = $90
1/4 page = $50

Please turn all ads, pictures, and money to Mrs. Aseltyne in room 612 before or after school.  You can also place them in her mailbox in the front office. Make sure you see Mrs. Aseltyne for a receipt if desired.

To keep Manny Scott’s message alive, we will be engaging in weekly challenges.

It is our hope these challenges will inspire positive action, connection for all students and staff, and a more compassionate learning community here at PLD.  This week’s challenge is: 

Help a peer with a problem. 

Spring Testing Information

  • AP Testing May 5 - May 16
  • Algebra II EOC May 7
  • English II EOC May 8
  • Biology EOC May 12
  • US History May 16
  • On Demand (10th & 11th grade) May 28

Final Exam Schedule

  June 3
B Day
June 4
A Day
June 5
B Day
June 6
A Day
8:25-10:00 B1 final A1 final B1 class A1 class
10:05-11:40 B2 class A2 class B2 final A2 final
11:45-1:50 B4 class A4 class B3 class A3 class
1:55-3:30 B3 final A3 final B4 final A4 final

PLD's Graduation will take place June 6th at 7 PM at Rupp Arena. Schedule Change effective April 7th! June 6 will be the last day of classes in Fayette County Public Schools, according to calendar changes approved Monday night at the regular Board of Education meeting. Starting April 7 after spring break, each school day will be extended 15 minutes to ensure FCPS meets the state minimum for instructional time in 2013-2014.

Extended schedule

This schedule adds 5 minutes to first, second and fourth blocks. Technical school departures and arrivals are also below.  Zero hour will remain the same.  

Block Time
1st 8:25-10:00
2nd 10:05-11:40
3rd 11:45-1:50
4th 1:55-3:30

Lunch 11:45 – 1:50

1st Lunch 2nd Lunch     3rd Lunch  4th Lunch 5th Lunch
11:45-12:10 12:10 – 12:35 12:35-1:00 1:00-1:25  1:25-1:45

  • AM departure to technical school - 8:25 (no change)
  • AM  return from technical school - 11:40
  • PM departure to technical school - 12:10
  • PM return – 3:20  

Weather makeup days have been set. The block rotation schedule has been updated. Calendar Changes Flier| Cambios en el Calendario 

  • April 25th will be a B day.
  • May 29th will be an A day.
  • May 30th will be a B day.
  • June 2nd will be an A day.
  • June 3rd will be a B day.
  • June 4th will be an A day.
  • June 5th will be a B day. 
  • June 6th will be an A day

The Kentucky Department of Education has worked with ACT to schedule a makeup test date for any 11th grade student who is absent on the March 18th date.  The makeup test date is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15.   

For more information about the ACT assessment, please visit and

Recently PLD has developed a Student Advisory Committee to give students a voice within our school, address student concerns and find resolutions. Our first survey focuses on bullying.  The survey is linked here. All responses are confidential and your identity will not be known unless you choose to list your name. 

We are very excited to announce that based on our 2013 Unbridled Learning Test Scores, Dunbar has been labeled a Distinguished School, scoring in the 91st percentile!  Please click on this link for more detailed, score information.

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