Dunbar High School

  • Dunbar High School serves 584 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is ≤5% (which is lower than the District of Columbia state average of 29%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 6-9% (which is lower than the District of Columbia state average of 31%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is lower than the District of Columbia state level of 11:1.

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School Overview

  • Dunbar High School's student population of 584 students has declined by 10% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 58 teachers has grown by 38% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students584 students
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Total Classroom Teachers58 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Dunbar High School's student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has decreased from 16:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Dunbar High School is 0.08, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.23. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (DC)
Overall School Rank#196 out of 200 schools
(Bottom 50%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)≤5%
29%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)6-9%
31%
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Student : Teacher Ratio10:111:1
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Asian
n/a
2%
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Hispanic
4%
16%
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Black
96%
70%
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Two or more races
n/a
2%
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Diversity Score0.080.23
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Graduation Rate75-79%
73%
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Eligible for Free Lunchn/an/a
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Eligible for Reduced Lunchn/an/a
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District Name of Columbia Public s School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, DC Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • Dunbar High School is a public secondary school located in Washington, D.C., United States.
  • Dunbar, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the District of Columbia Public Schools.
  • Dunbar was the first high school for black children. It was known for its excellent academics, enough so that many black parents would move to Washington specifically so their children could attend it. Its faculty was paid well by the standards of the time, earning parity pay to Washington's white school teachers. It also boasted a remarkably high number of graduates who went on to higher education, and a generally successful student body.
  • Following desegregation and deconstruction of the original facility, its prestige dropped notably. As of 2006, the campus is situated in a newer, but far less architecturally appealing facility in Northwest Washington.
  • Dunbar is perhaps best known for its athletic programs, and particularly its football team. Some of Dunbar's recent graduates have gone on to succeed in NCAA football and the NFL. Joshua Cribbs, who graduated in 2001, was the starting quarterback for four years at Kent State University and currently is a member of the Cleveland Browns. Vernon Davis,who graduated in 2003, was the number 6 pick in the 2006 NFL Draft and is now a tight end for the San Fransisco 49ers. Also a current Dunbar senior, wide receiver Arrelious Benn, is among the top college prospects in the nation.
  • Notable Alumni: Notable graduates include:Charles Drew, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Senator Ed Brooke, Charles Hamilton Houston.

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