Dunbar Vocational High School
|Dunbar Vocational High School|
“Restoring the Legacy of Excellence.”
|3000 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, Illinois, 60616
|School type||Public Secondary Vocational|
|School district||Chicago Public Schools|
|Principal||Gerald J. Morrow|
|Athletics conference||Chicago Public League|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Dunbar Vocational High School (also known as Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, or DVCA) is a public 4–year vocational high school located in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. The school is operated by the Chicago Public Schools district. It is named in honor of the African-American poet, novelist, and playwright Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Dunbar Vocational High School opened in 1942 as a trade school. In 1946, the Chicago Public Schools changed the trade school into a public high school, accepting ninth grade students in January of that year. Dunbar was housed in a school building located at 4401 South St. Lawrence Avenue. By 1952, Dunbar suffered from issues dealing with overcrowding and aging of the school building. The Chicago Board of Education decided that a new school building was needed for Dunbar. Construction began at 3000 South Parkway Ave (now Martin L. King Jr Drive) on April 6, 1955. The new Dunbar Vocational High School building opened for students for the 1956–57 school year. 
Dunbar competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).  The Boys' basketball team were Public League champions in the 1955–56 season and regional champions in 2011–12. The Girls' basketball team were Class AA in the 1997–98 season. The Girls track and field team were Public league champions and place 2nd in 1977–78 and Class AA three times (1977–78, 1978–79, 1985–86). The Boys' wrestling team were Public league champions in 1977–78 and ranked Class AA two times (1977–78, 2007–08). The Boys' track and field were Public league champions four times (1956–57, 1957–58, 1964–65, 1981–82), and Class AA (1981–82).
On January 9, 2009, five people were shot outside the school after a varsity basketball game against John Hope College Prep had concluded around 8PM. The shooting was considered gang-related.  On May 23, 2013, A 16–year old female student was pushed down a flight of stairs and assaulted by a male security guard at the school. The incident was filmed via cell phone video by another student. 
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- Jimmy D. Lane — blues guitarist who has recorded with Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Van Morrison, Jimmy Rogers
- Ronnie Lester — NBA guard (1980–86), who was selected in the first round of the 1980 NBA Draft. He was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers when they won the 1985 NBA Championship.
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- CBS: Chicago School Employee Pushes Student Down Stairs Cell phone video shows a Dunbar Vocational Career Academy employee pushing the girl (May 24, 2013)
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