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 413 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 Audrey Luster.
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”.