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Paul Laurence Dunbar - poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Paul Laurence Dunbar – poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

Dunbar Elementary School was established in 1913.  Named after Paul Laurence Dunbar, the poet novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Dunbar Elementary of yesteryear and of today, continues to make the legacy of an icon a notable one.

It was decided  that the school colors would be gold for the precious, bright students we service and the wealth that each receive and navy blue, for its classic elegance, sophistication, and intelligence like everything connected to Dunbar.  The eagle, which soars the highest, is the greatest, most noticeable and most powerful of its species, became the school mascot.
 
Dunbar School has a rich heritage and distinct traditions established during its existence.  It has and continues to stress excellence in every aspect, and encourages outstanding, stellar achievement in its students.  It earned a nickname for itself because of this.  It has often been referred to as “The University”.

The school has won honor and distinction in various fields through high achievement scores-nationally, statewide and locally.  It has produced many top-notched administrators, supervisors, community leaders, and a multitude of well-rounded, productive citizens who have taken their place in society. Dunbar has a sense of school spirit and pride that continues to permeate the hearts and minds of those who hold it dear so much so that an alumni association was formed.

There are 484 students currently enrolled at Paul Laurence Dunbar and it is one of five 1st – 5th grade elementary schools in East St. Louis, Illinois. The current administrators at Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary School are Carlynda Coleman and Latesha Clemons.

 During the 2012-2013 school year,   we merged with Lilly Freeman and became the only elementary school in the district that services six different housing projects. We welcomed the students with open arms and adopted the song “We Are One”.

 

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