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High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory secondary education. It is preceded by primary education. High school is also the name used to describe the institution in which the final stage of compulsory education takes place. In the United States, high schools generally consist of grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, although the inclusion of grade 9 varies by school district.
PLD, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School is a secondary school located at Lexington, Kentucky, USA. The school is one of five high schools in the Fayette County Public Schools district. Paul Laurence Dunbar High School is named after the famous 19th century African-American poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. Opened in 1990, the school is the newest high school in Lexington, Kentucky. With an enrollment of over 2200, it is the largest public high school in Kentucky. It also houses the prestigious Math, Science, and Technology Center. The PLD student body, unlike that of most of the other schools named after Dunbar has a substantial white majority, although African Americans make up roughly one fifth of the students.
PLD has earned a reputation of being an outstanding school, excelling in academics, athletics, fine arts and other student organizations. PLD's band and cheerleading programs have won national acclaim. In the class of 2004, 25 seniors were named National Merit Semifinalists. It also ranks consistently as one of Kentucky's top high schools in terms of scores in the statewide testing program, CATS, Commonwealth Accountability Testing System. Paul Laurence Dunbar offers many sports, including football, boys' and girls' basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, golf, track and field, cheerleading, swimming, and wrestling. The Students from PLD have a yearly impact on the KHSAA state championships. 

The mission of Dunbar High School is to provide an environment in which all students will acquire the necessary skills to become responsible thinkers who appreciate diversity and are productive citizens in their community.

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