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Paul Laurence Dunbar High School construction, 1989

Posted on August 23, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Construction of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, built on 45 acres off Man o’ War Boulevard in southwest Lexington, Nov. 1, 1989. When it opened Aug. 23, 1990, it was the first public high school built in Fayette County in 20 years (Henry Clay opened in October 1970). At more than $17 million, it was the most expensive school building in Kentucky. This view is from the back side of the school, with Man o’ War Boulevard visible across the top. The two-story building is arranged into five concourses, each area containing a different department. Three atrium staircases join the concourses. To the right is the beginning construction of the school’s gymnasium and fine-arts complex. It was not finished until several months after the school opened. Paul Laurence Dunbar High School inherited its name from Lexington’s old Dunbar High School at 545 North Upper Street, an all-black school that opened in 1923 and closed 44 years later after city schools were integrated. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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