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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  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 2,285 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 54% of students are at least proficient in math and 66% in reading.
Address
1600 Man O' War Blvd
Lexington, KY 40513
Telephone
(859) 381-3546
Website

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
66%
Percent Proficient - Math
54%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1400
89 responses
Average ACT
28
343 responses
AP Enrollment
35%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    B
  4. Good for Families
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$50,661
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$793
National
$949
Median Home Value
$170,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
74%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 29 responses
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  • Sporting events
    52%
  • Marching Band
    17%
  • Spirit week
    14%
  • Student-teacher basketball game
    14%
  • Day of Silence
    3%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,285
Free or Reduced Lunch
44%
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,957
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.5%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.45 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.45 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.45 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
$13,124/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.52 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.52 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.52 responses
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Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Reviews

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Dunbar is a large public high school with a highly diverse population that embraces the cultural experiences of the student body. It truly has something to offer for everybody whether it is academics, clubs, sports, arts and performance or just making new friends! The teachers are willing to come early or stay late to help you with anything you need. In such a large environment, you would think it would be easy to get lost in the shuffle, but the teachers and the administration are very aware of each of their students and strives to ensure everyone receives a challenging but rewarding educational experience.
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I went to PLD for 2 years and felt that overall academics were great in preparing me for college only because I was in advanced classes. Regular classes seemed to be underachieving from what I was used to from the school which I transferred from. Diversity was pretty good, though diversity in teaching staff was not. Athletics were pretty good as well, however, I felt there could have been a little more help with getting exposure for college. Due to the location of the school, I did feel safe, however it was a very large school and fights and other delinquencies did occur unsupervised.
Since moving schools and being a sophomore this year I have felt welcomed almost everyday I come to school. There are plenty of clubs that will suit a need of any student that goes. Being here has opened many doors leading to different opportunities like joining a group called Leaders in the Making. This group has helped me listen and ask questions to many successful people, but also teach me the importance of going to college and obtaining a more advanced education. The teachers are kind and respectful to everyone and the students; although they arent always perfect there is never really any problems. The courses are also really interesting because the teachers try to make almost every lesson more than just reading out of a book and answering questions. Instead, the teachers I have always ask if you need help dont be shy and ask.