Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Congratulations to PLD Teacher, Jason Reed, who received an Aspirations in Computing Educator Award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Read more...

Congratulations to PLD teacher, Wendy Turner, who received the 2014 James L. Highland Media Adviser of the Year Award. Read more about this outstanding achievement on FCPS's website and WUKY. Way to go Mrs. Turner!

PLD will offer Summer school PE. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.  Students from other FCPS schools will be able to register if space permits after the initial registration period.  There will be one session available at PLD: June 16th – June 27th from 8:00AM – 3:30PM.  Students will have a ½-hour lunch break, but students must bring a packed lunch from home (students are not allowed to leave campus).  Transportation is not provided.  Absences during this two-week period are not allowed. For more information see this parent letter and registration form.

Reminder to seniors: Those who want to submit a poem for the Poet Laureate contest must have application turned in to Ms. Reaguer (rm 409) no later than Wednesday, April 23rd at 3:30. (Note: there was a typo on the deadline day on the application.) If you have any questions, see Ms. Reaguer or your senior English teacher. Winner will be announced at senior awards night.

Congratulations to the PLD Academic Quiz Bowl Team-they won 1st place Saturday, April 19th at the Pre-National Tournament held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN!  Dunbar’s A team consisted of Neelav Dutta (3rd highest individual scorer for tournament), John Luan, Valerie Sarge, and Zainab Kahloon.  Our B team with Thirushan Wigna-Kumar, Shaoyi Sheng, Joanna Slusarewicz, and Zsombor Gal finished 5th in the competition.  The year’s competition will conclude next month when both teams will play for our nation’s titles as National Quizbowl Champions in Washington, D.C. (May 24-25th) and Chicago, IL(May 31st-June1st).  Wish them luck!

PLD Future Problem Solving Winners-  Alice Li won 1st Place in the Kentucky Individual Problem Solving Competition and has been awarded a bid to represent the state at the International Problem Solving Competition to be held this summer at the University of Iowa!  Joanna Slusarewicz won 5th place in the competition.  FPS is a worldwide event where students research set topics each year and then compete in a two hour frame to do an on-demand writing booklet that analyses a problem associated with the topic and creates solutions to it.  The topic for International’s this year is Space.

The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) group from Fayette County received the Team Spirit Award at the Smoky Mountain Regional, just as it did last spring, and Dunbar’s James Birchfield was tapped as a Dean’s List Award finalist for 2014. James is invited to the FRC World Championship April 24-26 in St. Louis, where 10 winners will be named. Read more...

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. 

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: 

Clean up after yourself—Pick up trash around the building and in the cafeteria during breakfast and lunch.

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  1:25-1:50

  • 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

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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