Illuminating the News for the Students by the Students

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Illuminating the News for the Students by the Students

Lamplighter Media Productions

Illuminating the News for the Students by the Students

Lamplighter Media Productions

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Jacob Hayes, Sports Writing Editor

Hi, my name is Jacob Hayes and this year I am a senior. This is my second year being part of PLD Lamplighter and I am our Sports Writing Editor. As time has gone on, my love for journalism has grown larger and larger and I am considering pursuing a career in the field after high school. I am involved in multiple clubs at Dunbar including Student Council, Senior Executive Board, and some others. I enjoy participating in all of my extracurricular activities and I am passionate about volunteering to help those in need in our community. I’m excited to be our Sports Writing Editor this year and am looking forward to working with our entire staff to make the torch burn as bright as possible!

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Seniors Elise White and Noor Eqals team posters.

Eqal and White Celebrate Their Senior Night

May 19, 2022

On May 12, the Dunbar softball team celebrated its seniors in one of their last home games of the year. The senior night game was against Bourbon County. Dunbar beat Bourbon County previously on Apr. 22...

Hunter Williams shoots a free throw

Bulldogs Offense Catches Fire in Dominant Win

February 14, 2022

On Feb. 12, The Dunbar Bulldogs faced off against the Tates Creek Commodores in the last regular-season district game for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs got off to a hot start and never dropped throughout...

Dunbar Bowling Brings Home First Ever Title

Dunbar Bowling Brings Home First Ever Title

February 10, 2022

On Feb. 8, the Dunbar bowling team competed in the KHSAA state bowling tournament in Louisville. The state tournament was played at Executive Strike and Spare in Louisville. The team was able to win the...

In order to get a point, Max VanDyke shoots for the basket.

Reinhardt’s 31 Points Drown the Bulldogs

January 23, 2022

On Jan. 22, the Dunbar Bulldogs faced the Lexington Catholic Knights in the 43rd District classic. Lexington Catholic Guard #22 John Reinhardt started off the game hot with a three pointer that foreshadowed...

football 11/5

Dunbar Captures Second District Championship in a Row

November 14, 2021

On Nov. 12, the Dunbar Bulldogs faced the Tates Creek Commodores in the KHSAA District 7 Championship game, in the bitter cold. Dunbar compiled 426 total rushing yards in the game and they allowed 132...

The current softball team and their new head coach Shelby Shanks.

Softball Opens with New Coach

November 12, 2021

The Dunbar softball season is quickly approaching and this year they will have a new head coach, Shelby Shanks.  Shanks will look to turn things around for the softball team after an abysmal season...

football 11/5

Bulldogs Narrowly Escape Generals in District Semi-Final

November 6, 2021

On Nov. 5, the Dunbar Bulldogs faced off against the Lafayette Generals in the 43rd District semifinal game. The Bulldogs struck the first blow of the game to take the lead by a score of 7-0, with...

PLD Boys’ Basketball Gearing Up for a Great Season

November 4, 2021

The boys' basketball season is quickly approaching and they look to improve from last year’s performance under a new head coach Murray Garvin. Coach Garvin, a Pikeville native, was previously...

Girls Basketball Team Gears Up for New Season

November 4, 2021

The girls’ basketball season is quickly approaching and they look to build upon their success from last season. Last year, the Dawgs finished first in the 11th region, but sadly lost to Tates Creek...

The team celebrates their 2-1 win against Covington Catholic, securing the state title.

Dunbar Boys’ Soccer Captures Fifth State Title

November 3, 2021

On Oct. 30 the Dunbar Boys’ Soccer team squared off against Covington Catholic in the state championship game. Covington Catholic came into the game with a record of 14-8-5. The Colonels entered the...

The Dawgs warm-up as the team prepares.

Cano’s Four Goals Propel Bulldogs to State

October 29, 2021
Issac Cano scored 3 early goals, and secured Dunbar a spot in the state championship against Covington Catholic.
Varsity Soccer 9/18

Dawgs Advance to the Final Four

October 21, 2021

The Dunbar boys' soccer team competed in their elite eight-game and their last home game for the season on Oct. 21 against Boyd County.  The Boyd County Lions came into the game with a record of 19-2...

Varsity Soccer 9/18

Dunbar Boys’ Soccer Dominates Tates Creek

September 20, 2021

On Sept. 18 , The Dunbar Boys Soccer team faced off against Tates Creek in their last regular season district game of the year. The Dawgs have been spectacular all season, and haven’t lost a district...

The Dawg Pound at the end of the 3rd quarter. Senior, Kamarion Robinson scores his third and Dunbars last touchdown of the night.

Dunbar Bulldogs Face Loss Against Madison Central Indians

August 28, 2021

Coming off a huge win against Breathitt County in the first week of the season, the Bulldogs had a tough go of things against Madison Central this past Friday. The Dawgs started the game off well with...

Sporting events are being canceled due to a lack of players when COVID strikes a whole team.

COVID-19 Sports Cancellations Continue

August 23, 2021

With the Delta variant encapsulating the world of sports, regulations are just as tight as ever. Some of these regulations include having to cancel a game if a team member tests positive and having to...

8.20 football game

Dunbar Racks it Up Against Breathitt County

August 23, 2021

On the first Friday night under the lights, Dunbar put a pounding on Breathitt County. The Bulldogs got off to a blistering start with wide receiver Erik White taking the first kick-off of the game...

As the Delta variant runs rampant around the country, masks are still a common sight, especially during sports games.

Updates on FCPS's Mask Protocol

March 4, 2022

As the Delta variant runs rampant around the country, masks are still a common sight, especially during sports games.

Dunbar Graduate Mario Paul Will Leave Behind a Strong Legacy

Dunbar Graduate Mario Paul Will Leave Behind a Strong Legacy

July 24, 2021

Mario Paul was recently named Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year, for the State of Kentucky.  Paul, who graduated from Dunbar this past year, will be going on to the University of Houston...

Dunbars Baseball Team Competes in the 43rd District Tournament

Dunbar’s Baseball Team Competes in the 43rd District Tournament

June 1, 2021

Dunbar’s baseball team recently finished competing in the 43rd District Tournament this past weekend. The team’s first game was against Lexington Catholic and was close throughout. Dunbar won the...

Dunbars Tennis Team Competes in the Region 11 Tournament

Dunbar’s Tennis Team Competes in the Region 11 Tournament

May 22, 2021

Dunbar’s Tennis team recently finished their Region 11 Tournament at Henry Clay and Top Seed Tennis Club. For the Boys team, sophomore Kian Rosenau had a standout performance during the tournament....

The Fountains at Palomar: A New Hotspot for Dunbar Students?

May 17, 2021

There is new construction going on near Dunbar across from Palomar Centre. The project was first approved by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council in September 2019 and is now nearing its completion. The...

Layla Dabit competing in long jump for Dunbar

PLD Track & Field Show Two Dominant Performances

April 7, 2021

Dunbar’s Track and Field team has had a hot start, winning their first track meet in Fayette County, and with both of Dunbar’s boys' and girls' teams winning the Lafayette All-Comers Meet on April...

Underclassmen and Juniors Hopes for the Next Year

Underclassmen and Juniors Hopes for the Next Year

March 5, 2021

As the next school year approaches, underclassmen and juniors at Dunbar are excited about  the possibility of having a full, normal school year for the first time since 2019. “I’m excited about...

GameStop stock had a rollercoaster with its rise and fall.

GameStop Stock Causes Wall Street Frenzy

February 21, 2021

An unprecedented event developed on Wall Street in early January as GameStop stock began to soar despite its business problems. The stock rose dramatically due to the tactic called a "squeeze" employed...

Spring Sports: What Can We Expect?

Spring Sports: What Can We Expect?

February 1, 2021

With COVID-19 having a large impact on life for everyone right now, those who are involved with spring sports are being impacted as well. Last March when quarantine started, KHSAA essentially canceled...

Wildfires in California During 2020

Wildfires in California During 2020

November 2, 2020

During the Summer of 2020 alone, 8,190,505 acres of land have burnt due to wildfires across the western United States primarily in the states of California, Washington, and Oregon. These horrific fires...

I took this picture of fire damage on a Sequoia Tree when I visited Sequoia National Park in 2017.

Deadly Wildfires in California

September 23, 2020

I took this picture of fire damage on a Sequoia Tree when I visited Sequoia National Park in 2017.

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