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The Dunbar Alumni Federation is proud of the continued support and commitment of its alumni classes, yet its leadership knows it can do even better. The DAF has heard the call for greater accessibility to make donations, pay membership dues and get updates about alumni and Dunbar High School events and news.

This website is intended to be THE HUB for all Dunbar Alumni, keeping them connected, informed and empowered to protect the Dunbar Legacy and in turn enhancing the community at large. We also want to connect the World with people and organizations that are also interested in preserving the legacy of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School by supporting its present and future students.


Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

101 N Street NW | Washington, DC 20001

As the current principal of the Historic Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, I am constantly amazed by the dedication, the support and the accomplishments of the Dunbar Alumni Federation (DAF)..

Although I am not an alumus, I am honored to have the privilege to be associated with such a fine organization. When I think about the DAF…what comes to my mind is a spectacular organization that has accomplished a lot in a relatively short amount of time.

What also comes to my mind is the fact that not only is the DAF an organization that supports its alumni, but it is an organization that supports current students and an  organization that enhances the mission and vision of the school.

This is evidenced in the amount of scholarship dollars that our students receive directly from the DAF each year…I promise you, this is not happening everywhere and maybe not at any public school that serves our population.

Within a short span of time, the DAF has made a tremendous impact on the lives of Dunbar students. With their support, many students’ dreams have come closer to becoming their reality.

Abdullah A. Zaki II
Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School


Pictured with Principal Zaki are left to right, alumni, Evelyn McKinley '38 and Garnet Hammond '41; and former principals, Dr. Harriet Kargbo (2003-2008), Dr. Eva Rousseau (1977-2013) and Judith Richardson (1996-2002).




National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

Partners with Dunbar Alumni Federation (DAF) in the Lift Every Voice Celebration


The NMAAHC’s Lift Every Voice Celebration is a global initiative designed to showcase African American History and Culture across the nation and around the world.  This partnership allows DAF to co-brand events sponsored by the Dr. Lawrence E. Graves Museum of Dunbar High School History with NMAAHC.  The Dr. Lawrence E. Graves Museum is a collaboration between Dunbar High School (DHS) and DAF. 




Humanities Council of Washington, DC

Humanities Council of Washington, DC

925 U Street NW | Washington, DC 20001



Alison Stewart

First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School


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