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We Are The Change Rally is a “Good First Step”

November 22, 2016

"We are the Change" was organized by Mrs. Wendy Turner, a Dunbar English teacher and school media adviser. She said that the vision for the event was to raise awareness of violence in Lexington, to give student voices a forum, and to give attendees insight into the many community resources available to them. "We have been organizing this since right after the tragic death of Trinity Gay," she sa...

Dunbar Salutes Veterans

November 11, 2016

We celebrate the lives and service of our veterans! At Dunbar, we have many connections to those who have served the United States in the armed forces. Here is a look at some of the heroes we're proud to know.

Honoring Trinity

Honoring Trinity

October 17, 2016

Early Sunday morning on Oct. 16, Lafayette sophomore, Trinity Gay, lost her life due to a tragic shooting. An up and coming track star, and the daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay, Trinity was at Cookout, a fast food restaurant, on South Broadway around 4 a.m. when shots rang out. According to reports, Trinity was with a crowd of people in the parking lot of the restaurant when she was caught in the ...

Dunbar Transitioning to Standards Based Grading

October 3, 2016

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School is transitioning from a traditional grading model to a standards based model. Principal Betsy Rains explains why the move is beneficial for students, and teachers describe how the new model is working in their classrooms.

Former Refugee and PLD Graduate gets a surprise from his ‘Moms’

Former Refugee and PLD Graduate gets a surprise from his ‘Moms’

September 22, 2016

Former Dunbar ESL student, Raphael Mokombo, knew he was being taken back to Dunbar, but he had no idea what was in store for him when he arrived in the school parking lot on Sept. 22. Currently enrolled at BCTC as a freshman, Mokombo simply believed that he was returning to get paperwork for college. But Mrs. Cathy Yaun, who was an ESL teacher at Dunbar, arranged a special surprise with his f...

Colin Kaepernick Protests Racial Equality During NFL Preseason

Colin Kaepernick Protests Racial Equality During NFL Preseason

September 20, 2016

The NFL preseason finally kicked off after months of waiting. Right off the bat, the season began with an uproar over San Francisco quarterback, Colin Kaepernick who refused to stand during the national anthem. “[I] will not stand up and show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people,” said Kaepernick. Kaepernick wasn’t the only athlete to voice his opinion. Tennis Star...

Five Dunbar Students Achieve Perfect ACT Scores

Five Dunbar Students Achieve Perfect ACT Scores

September 7, 2016

Less than one percent of students who take the ACT, a major standardized test, earn a perfect score. Five of these students are at Dunbar. CJ Labianca, David Ma, Ananth Miller-Murthy, Nisarg Patil and Ben Xie explained the effort behind their perfect scores. “Sleep, bring a snack, and don’t freak out during the test," said junior David Ma. To get a perfect score on the test, students...

Obituary: Harvey “Duke” Harris III

August 18, 2016

In creative writing class, Mrs. Tara Wilkinson always told students to “follow our butterfly,” and she said that Dunbar graduate, 17 year-old Duke Harris, always followed his butterfly through his witty humor and delightful smile. Duke, who died on Monday, Aug. 15, was well-liked by his peers and teachers. Graphics teacher, Mr. Ben Herzog, said, “[Duke] was full of life and always seemed...

A Look Back at the Olympics: Simone Biles, Michael Phelps and More

A Look Back at the Olympics: Simone Biles, Michael Phelps and More

August 16, 2016

Aug. 3 through Aug. 21 was devoted to the 31st Olympiad which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Athletes around the world convened to compete for the highest title in sports. The United States did very well, with the highest medal count of 121 medals. The 2016 Olympics were filled with glory, romance and sportsmanship. Michael Phelps swam in his fourth and final Olympics this summer. He was...

A Real Look at Dunbars

August 6, 2016

Recently, there has been a rise across the nation of Xanax abuse by students, sometimes even in school. According to the Partnership for a Drug Free America, one in 11 high school seniors have abused sedatives such as Xanax. Dunbar has not escaped this trend. There's a big misunderstanding about the effects of recreational use of prescription medicine. Xanax, a benzodiazepine, is usually...

The Legacy of Former Dunbar teacher, Patricia Esrael

May 26, 2016

The words ‘teacher’, ‘friend’ and ‘mentor’ are just a few ways to describe Patricia Esrael. She taught in Lexington schools for nearly four decades and is remembered for the care she took of each of her students as individuals. Esrael passed away on March 16. She left a lasting legacy that includes her son, two step children, three grandchildren, seven step grandchildren and her many studen...

Harassment and Discrimination Experienced by Lexington Catholic Students

Harassment and Discrimination Experienced by Lexington Catholic Students

May 23, 2016

On Apr. 10, Bishop John Stowe led mass at Saint Peter Claver Catholic Church. At the end of the mass he addressed “the elephant in the room” – Lexington Catholic High School. He did not give specifics regarding the event, and sitting in the audience, it was hard to tell just what happened there; but he did make one thing clear: ”those within the church must come together to promote the loving...