Dear Poet,

As your summer begins, take some time and reflect on all that you’ve accomplished this year. Think about how you’ve overcome challenges, faced some fears and learned things that you’ve never imagined. Remind yourself daily how fortunate you are to be in a 21st Century school where legacy runs deep. This is what I will be doing.

Dunbar is a great school with a rich history of producing Poets of excellence in varying fields. And it will be up to you to maintain such a legacy of greatness – not for the sake of the school but for yourself. Think about how you can preserve that greatness. Think about what you can contribute to make Dunbar the envy of city schools. Think about who you can become to carry on the message and the legacy of Paul Laurence Dunbar.

There is a balance that we must all reach and maintain. Find that balance this summer. Have responsible fun and engage in some academic review. Pull out your notes and books. Teaching others is the best way to test how much you know and it will also help you retain the information you’ve learned.

This school year we learned beyond the classroom the effects of abusing social media. We must learn from those experiences and make every effort to choose a new path when confronted with similar situations. Don’t let the decisions of your youth taint the successes of your future. Think before you act.

In the coming weeks information will be sent to you and posted on our website and app about back-to-school preparedness. But in the meantime, be safe and enjoy your summer.


Tammy N. Mays

Tammy N. Mays, Principal

  • Class of 2017, the time is right around the corner to start signing up for your time slots to have your senior portraits taken here at Dunbar High School.  Information will be sent out shortly.  Please ensure that you sign up as soon as possible.  

    Senior Portrait Days will be as follows!


    Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 8:30-3:00-  Dunbar Auditorium

    Thursday, October 27, 2016, 8:30-3:00- Dunbar Auditorium


    Senior Portrait Make-ups will occur on the following day:


    Friday, November 18, 2016 from 8:30-3:00- Dunbar Auditorium

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  • PTech Program coming in the fall

    See Photos in the Gallery Tab

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  • 2016 - 2017 Welcome Back Student Forms


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  • Summer Reading List


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  • A Letter From Dr. Santelises, CEO

    July 5, 2016


    Dear City Schools Staff, Families and Partners,

    I want to take this opportunity to tell you how honored and happy I am to serve as the new Chief Executive Officer of Baltimore City Public Schools. As a Baltimore City resident and a proud City Schools mother, I am committed to our mission of providing all of Baltimore’s students with the knowledge and support they need to be successful and fulfill their purpose.


    I recognize the challenges we face, and I realize the amount of work that needs to be done. At the same time, I know that we have the full support of the Board, our elected officials, our families, and every person of good will in the City of Baltimore. I have full confidence in the dedication and commitment of our classroom teachers, school leaders, and the staff of City Schools. Most importantly, I have no doubt in the ability of our students to excel.


    Our children cannot wait, and we cannot allow any obstacle to stand in their way. We have this moment to do this work, but we can only succeed if we commit ourselves – as a school system, as a community, as a city – to work together with single-minded purpose for the benefit of our students. They deserve the best that we have to give, in order to prepare them to realize the excellence that each and every one of them is capable of achieving.


    I am grateful and humbled by the opportunity to return to Baltimore City Public Schools, and I look forward to helping our children develop the skills to be successful in school and throughout their lives. I invite your collaboration, and I thank you for your support and active engagement in this great work.



    Sonja B. Santelises, Ed.D.

    Chief Executive Officer

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