On Aug. 15, 2014, Dunbar High School opened an early college high school and is now known as Dunbar Early College High School. An agreement between Dayton Public Schools and Sinclair Community College will enable students to learn college-level material and earn free college credit.
Eventually, when fully implemented, a freshman who enrolls in Dunbar and remains with the program for four years will have the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma in one hand and a two-year college degree in the other.
"This partnership brings vital resources and opportunities to the students in our community that are in the direst need," said Sinclair President Steve Johnson. "Sinclair's mission has always been about finding and meeting the unmet needs of the Dayton area. This project is the next step in that endeavor and we are very excited about its tremendous potential."
To help students tackle college coursework, early college schools provide aggressive supports and enable them to drive their own learning through group work and other interactive classroom strategies in all subjects. Dunbar has instituted a weeklong orientation program to help selected incoming freshmen make the transition to high school and meet the challenges of an early college curriculum. Dunbar faculty who teach college-level courses will successfully complete a process by which they will become adjuncts at Sinclair Community College. Students in those classes will earn dual high school and college credits.
DPS also is partnering with Jobs for the Future, which helped to launch the Dayton Early College Academy, a district-sponsored community school.
Transformation of Dunbar into an early college high school is the last piece of the plan to revitalize three schools serving students in prekindergarten through high school: Louise Troy PreK-4 School with a focus on primary literacy, Wogaman 5-8 School with a focus on the successful transition to high school, and Dunbar Early College High School preparing students who are college and career ready. The principals at each school will work together to provide a seamless transition for students with strategies for academic success.
Staff and students moved into the new Dunbar High School building on Jan. 20, 2009. This building is located 50 yards in front of the old building (demolished in 2010).
The dedication ceremony for the new Paul Laurence Dunbar High took place Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at 3 p.m.
According to a news release, the new 117,763-square-foot Dunbar High School can serve 645 students in grades nine through 12 and offers a technology-rich learning environment with state-of-the-art classrooms.
Other features include a gymnasium that is twice the size of the former Dunbar gym and outdoor athletic fields that will serve not only Dunbar students but also nearby Wogaman and Louise Troy schools and the surrounding neighborhood.