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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School is a highly rated, public school located in Lexington, KY. It has 2,241 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 48% of students are at least proficient in math and 62% in reading.
Address
1600 Man O' War Blvd
Lexington, KY 40513
Telephone
(859) 381-3546
Website
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Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
62%
Percent Proficient - Math
48%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1390
112 responses
Average ACT
28
451 responses
AP Enrollment
31%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Median Household Income
$53,013
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$828
National
$949
Median Home Value
$175,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
76%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
68%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Sporting events
    52%
  • Marching Band
    15%
  • Spirit week
    12%
  • Student-teacher basketball game
    12%
  • Day of Silence
    3%
  • Homecoming
    3%
  • Pep rallies
    3%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,241
Free or Reduced Lunch
43%
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.30 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$57,434
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.2%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.47 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.47 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.47 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$12,652/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.54 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.54 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.54 responses
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My experience at Dunbar was one that was very enjoyable and memorable. I loved most of my teachers and the faculty there along with making some of my best friends. I participated in Football at the school and built relationships with teammates and coaches that will last a lifetime. Throughout my 4 years at Dunbar I experienced many things some bad but mostly good, and a 4 years I can say I will never forget!
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Paul Laurence Dunbar has been a great time for me. From the first time I walked in the building, I feel welcomed there. There’s always teachers in the front of the building welcoming you by saying “Hi” or “ Have a great day”. Dunbar has also a great academic staff, so incoming freshman and students will receive the best education in Fayette county. Dunbar is known for their MSTC or Math Science Technology Center, and it is a high prestigious academic program. In my experience, I have been a student of those MSTC teachers and I can say that they are the best teachers hands down. However, there is some flaws that need to be addressed. At Dunbar, they do a poor job with scheduling. Another problem, with Dunbar is that it’s hard to schedule appointments with counselors. Most of the time they are not there or are too busy to talk. I wouldn’t want to be at any other school. These will be some of the best times of my life and I will always thank Dunbar.
Dunbar has a good staff, many actually do care more about its students than other things around them. I will say that the art department is in bad shape. Because of lack of funds, I assume due to favoring sports, art classes lack supplies needed to express themselves. Instead of actual watercolor paint, we use water-based Crayola markers. The teachers themselves have to pay out of pocket just so we can have something new to be creative with. I think some of the funds should be shifted back to the art department because without these classes students have no place to express themselves for who they are.