Dunbar High School in Lexington KY hires new principal

Dunbar High School in Lexington

Dunbar High School in Lexington

Marlon Ball, an assistant principal in Jacksonville, Florida, is the new principal of Lexington’s Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

He replaced Betsy Rains who retired after serving as principal since 2010.

“I’m excited to join the Dunbar family and I look forward to creating a very inclusive environment where all students feel welcome and all students feel empowered to reach their full potential,” Ball said Friday in a statement.

“Marlon is coming to us with a lot of new ideas and varied experiences from other states and countries that will no doubt influence the future direction of Dunbar,” said Demetrus Liggins, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent.

“He is eager to make a difference in the lives of all students and after meeting with him, as I do with each incoming leader, I’m pleased that he has chosen FCPS as the next step in his leadership journey,” Liggins said.

James McMillin, the district’s Chief of High Schools, said, “Marlon Ball is excited to be taking the helm of an amazing school following the retirement of Ms. Betsy Rains.”

With more than 13 years of experience in education, Ball specializes in implementing culturally relevant teaching and curriculum while also focusing on building strong culture and relationships with students, staff, and families, said McMillin.

Dunbar’s website said that Ball, originally from Tampa, Florida, has 13 years of experience in education in the United States and abroad.

He started his career as a social studies teacher at an alternative school in Gainesville, Florida, and his time in the classroom includes working with students in Advanced Placement and alternative settings in Tampa and Orlando, the website said.

According to the school’s website, after four years in the classroom, Ball moved into administration as the assistant principal for student affairs at Aspira R.A.M Charter School in Miami, Florida.

In 2017, he became the administrator for curriculum with Dubai International School in Dubai.

For the past three years, he has served as the assistant principal and designated Title IX coordinator at Samuel Wolfson High School for Advanced Studies and Leadership in Jacksonville, Florida.

Ball has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Members of Dunbar’s school council hired Ball, the website said.

This story was originally published July 15, 2022 11:30 AM.

Staff writer Valarie Honeycutt Spears covers K-12 education, social issues and other topics. She is a Lexington native with southeastern Kentucky roots.

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