Dunbar’s Poet Laureate Tradition
In 2004, Dunbar began doing something a little different at graduation. Seniors were given the opportunity to submit original poems to compete for the title of Poet Laureate. This title is in honor of the school’s namesake: Paul Laurence Dunbar, a renowned poet of the 20th century. The selected student reads his or her poem on the stage at graduation and has their poem included in the yearbook. Here is a collection of the poets and their winning poems.