Dunbar Vocational High School

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Dunbar Vocational High School
Restoring the Legacy of Excellence.
3000 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60616
United States
Coordinates 41°50′24″N 87°37′06″W / 41.8400°N 87.6182°W / 41.8400; -87.6182Coordinates: 41°50′24″N 87°37′06″W / 41.8400°N 87.6182°W / 41.8400; -87.6182
School type Public Secondary Vocational
Opened 1942
School district Chicago Public Schools
CEEB code 140785[1]
Principal Gerald J. Morrow
Grades 912
Gender Coed
Enrollment 702[2] (2015–16)
Campus type Urban
Color(s)     Blue
Athletics conference Chicago Public League[3]
Team name MightyMen/MightyWomen[3]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
Newspaper Craftsman[5]
Yearbook Prospectus

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. Opened in 1942, The school is named in honor of the African–American poet, novelist, and playwright Paul Laurence Dunbar.[6]


The school opened in 1942 as a Dunbar 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. [7]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 Avenue (now Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive) on April 6, 1955. The new Dunbar Vocational High School building opened for students for the 1956–57 school year. [8]


Dunbar competes in the Chicago Public League (CPL) and is a member of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). [9] 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).

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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. [10][11] 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. [12]

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  1. ^ "High School Code Search". College Board. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Chicago Public Schools: Dunbar". Chicago Public Schools. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Chicago (Dunbar)". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 31 December 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Institution Summary for Dunbar High School". AdvancED profile. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "School Clubs". Directory. Dunbar High School. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Dunbar at a glance". Chicago Sun-Times. December 29, 1993. 76.
  7. ^ Dunbar Vocational High School: 1955
  8. ^ Dunbar Vocational High School: 1957
  9. ^ "IHSA Season Summaries". Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 16 November 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  10. ^ 5 wounded in Chicago high school drive-by (January 10, 2009)
  11. ^ Chicagoist: Five Shot Outside Dunbar High After Basketball Game (January 10, 2009)
  12. ^ CBS: Chicago School Employee Pushes Student Down Stairs Cell phone video shows a Dunbar Vocational Career Academy employee pushing the girl (May 24, 2013)
  13. ^ Bill Zwecker. "Sweet home Hudson - Holiday special brings the singer back to familiar sites". Chicago Sun-Times. December 9, 2009. 31.
  14. ^ "Jimmy D. Lane ALLMUSIC Bio Page". 
  15. ^ "Cornelius Coffey, Early Black Aviator". Chicago Tribune. 

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