Named for Paul Laurence Dunbar, the first African American poet to gain worldwide recognition, who lived from 1872 to 1906, Dunbar School was opened in 1929.  This new school originally was named “The Negro School of Industrial Arts”, and was a Junior/Senior High School that offered general education, college preparatory courses and trade classes.  The school also served as a junior college in one wing.  In 1955, Horace Mann High school was built and named for the U.S. Congressman and education reformer known as “the father of American Education.”  Horace Mann High was built as the new high school for African American students in Little Rock, thus, moving them out of Dunbar Junior/Senior High School. Constructed at a cost of about $926,000, the school had 37 classrooms and a gymnasium.  Years later a state-of-the-art auditorium was added.
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DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL  ALMA MATER  Words by: Dorothy Sutton Music by: Naomi Haymon   Dunbar our beauteous school long may she strive  With hope and victory patience to thrive.  Flaunting her banner true into the skies,  Purple and golden bright, those wondrous dyes  Long may her life possess beauty and fame  And all that know of her honor her name.  And may her spirit be younger each day  To fight victoriously in every fray. Dunbar we honor you, water nor land  Can part from our fond grasp your guiding hand  Nor can the years how long they chance to be,  Take from our lips a song, Dunbar to Thee.    HORACE MANN HIGH SCHOOL  ALMA MATER Author: Shirley Phillips-Cornelious, Mann Class of 1957 Music by: Frederick J. Ransom  With a visage true and earnest  Thru thy gates we daily trod,  Bringing in a nation's greatness,  For this land and for our God.  Having visions of tomorrow  Dreaming dreams of years ahead, Forging war on fear and hatred,  Making peace with love instead.  Ever shining and majestic Is thy true and noble name Long shall we revere your mem'ries  Bringing endless joy and fame   Living on toward life's broad missions  We shall always heed your call,  Holding high your staunch traditions,  Never shall your banner fall.  As a bird at eve' in autumn  Wings her young ones to the nest,     Guide us, lead us ever onward,  As we strive to do our best.      Sealed within our loving bosoms  Can your spirit ne'er depart,         We shall hold your presence near us  With a hope that burns our hearts.
A note from the President of the National Dunbar Horace Mann Alumni Association . . .
Horace Mann Class of ‘61
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