Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Baltimore, Maryland)
|Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
for Health Professionals
|1400 Orleans Street|
|School type||Public, Magnet|
|Motto||"Dedication, Determination, Dependability"|
|School district||Baltimore City Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. Gregory Thornton [CEO]|
|Color(s)||Maroon and Gold|
|Team name||The Poets (for boys)
Lady Poets (for girls)
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for Health Professionals (officially referred to as Paul Laurence Dunbar High School) is a public high school located at 1400 Orleans Street by Central Avenue in Old East Baltimore, Maryland.
Dunbar High opened in around the corner from the present structure in 1918 as the Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School, No. 101, as part of the separate "colored schools" system then in place in the Baltimore City Public Schools system, which was abolished by 1954. It was named in memory of Paul Laurence Dunbar, a famous African-American poet, who had died ten years earlier. In 1925, it became Dunbar Junior High School, No. 133. By 1940, Dunbar was a high school on the same status as its earlier predecessor from 1883, the "Colored High School" (also renamed around that time as Frederick Douglass High School in old West Baltimore in a newly constructed building in 1925 at Carey and Baker Streets (Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood) and awarded its first diploma, the second "African American" school in Baltimore to do so.
Dunbar High School of Baltimore is a magnet school. Its programs include biotechnology, Emergency Medical Technology (EMT), Accounting, Nursing and Health Care Delivery Systems. Dunbar High School has been named a Bronze Medal School by the U.S. News and World Report.
After thirty years of heavy usage, in the summer of 2007, the main high school building was emptied so that renovations to the school could be effected. Students were moved to Thomas G. Hayes Elementary School, behind Dunbar at 601 North Central Avenue. They were completed in late August 2009 at a cost of $32 million. Newly renovated features include science and robotics labs, wider interior hallways, larger windows, a new cafeteria, and a new library.
Male varisty sports at Dunbar are baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and wrestling. Womens' varsity teams are badminton, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball. Four varsity teams are co-ed: cross country, swimming, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field.
Since the Baltimore City Public Schools system left in 1993, its long-time home since 1909 (Dunbar and Douglass joined upon its integration in 1956) in the old local public/private schools circuit Maryland Scholastic Association (MSA) and joined the larger statewide Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA), Dunbar has dominated the class 1A division. The "Poets" won state championships in 1994, 1995, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 (setting a state record with 58 points in the title game), 2010,2011 and 2012; played in the state finals in 1997, the semi-finals in 1993, 1996, 2003, 2005 and the quarter-finals in 1999 and 2002.
Since 1993, the "Poets" have won the State Championship 15 times. Additionally, the Poets were National Champions in 1983 and 1992; and made it to the final game in 1997, 2002 and 2007. The "Lady Poets" have excelled as well, winning the state girl's basketball title in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2011 and 2012.
Dunbar is one of the partner schools of Thread, an organization formed by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine graduate students to prevent teenagers from failing high school. Struggling students selected by the principal can receive 1-on-1 tutoring from Thread mentors, as well as comprehensive social support to address any personal challenges that may be affecting their school performance. Other mentoring programs include:
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Politics and government
- Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals
- Clarence "Tiger" Davis, Maryland House of Delegates, District 45 (1983–2007)
- Kenneth N. Harris, Sr., Baltimore City Council, District 4
- Nathan C. Irby, Jr., Maryland State Senate, District 45 (1983–1994)
- Hattie N. Harrison, Maryland House of Delegates, District 45
- John D. Jeffries, Maryland House of Delegates, District 39 (1988–1994)
- Paul A. Smith, Judge Circuit Court, Baltimore City (1990–2003)
- Calvin Williams, wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles
- Tommy Polley linebacker, St.Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens
- Bob Wade defensive back, Washington Redskins
- Tavon Austin, wide receiver, St. Louis Rams
- Muggsy Bogues
- Sam Cassell
- Kurk Lee
- Reggie Lewis
- Reggie Williams
- David Wingate
- Skip Wise
- Keith Booth
- Terry Dozier
- Keith Booth - former Assistant Coach of University of Maryland at College Park "Terrapins" men's basketball team. Current Men's assistant at Loyola University Maryland
- Bob Wade, Head Coach, University of Maryland at College Park "Terrapins" men's basketball team, also Dunbar's boys basketball team "Poets", first African American Head Basketball Coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference
- Sam Cassell- current Assistant Coach of the "Los Angeles Clippers" NBA men's professional basketball team
- Proposition Joe Stewart - East Baltimore drug kingpin on the cable TV network HBO drama "The Wire"
- Ervin Burrell - Portrayed former city police commissioner on the HBO cable TV drama "The Wire". Burrell was a member of the glee club while at Dunbar High.
- Rasheed Hill - Summer Ball by Mike Lupica
- "Enrollment for All Grades All Students : Demographics : Baltimore City - Paul Laurence Dunbar High : 2014 Maryland Report Card:". Maryland State Department of Education. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
- Gladden, Elzee; Gladden, Jessie B. (1988). "The Dunbar Chronicle: A Case Study". The Journal of Negro Education 57 (3): 372–393. doi:10.2307/2295431. JSTOR 2295431.
- "U.S. News and World Report - Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Maryland". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
- Bowie, Liz (2009-09-01). "Dunbar opens with complete new look". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "MPSSA Football Championships Tournament History" (PDF). Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. Retrieved 2007-10-20.
- "MPSSA Boys Basketball Championships Tournament History" (PDF). Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. Retrieved 2007-10-20.
- "Incentive Mentoring Program". Incentive Mentoring Program, Inc. Retrieved 2009-11-06.
- "Partnership Spotlight: Dunbar Mentoring Project" (PDF). Schools Monthly: 21. 1 January 2008.
- "Muggsy Bogues". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- Official website
- Paul Laurence Dunbar High School - Maryland Report Card
- Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Baltimore, Maryland) on Google Street View