Photos from the Lexington Herald-Leader archives updated daily

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School construction, 1989

Construction of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, built on 45 acres off Man o’ War Boulevard in southwest Lexington, Nov. 1, 1989. When it opened Aug. 23, 1990, it was the first public high school built in Fayette County in 20 years (Henry Clay opened in October 1970). At more than $17 million, it was the most expensive school building in Kentucky. This view is from the back side of the school, with Man o’ War Boulevard visible across the top. The two-story building is arranged into five concourses, each area containing a different department. Three atrium staircases join the concourses. To the right is the beginning construction of the school’s gymnasium and fine-arts complex. It was not finished until several months after the school opened. Paul Laurence Dunbar High School inherited its name from Lexington’s old Dunbar High School at 545 North Upper Street, an all-black school that opened in 1923 and closed 44 years later after city schools were integrated. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Comments

Bryan Station High School, 1976

Bryan Station High School in Lexington on May 10, 1976. Founded in 1958, it was at 1866 Edgeworth Drive until January 2007, when a new school was dedicated at a site next door. The new $43.9 million school had a 1,800-student capacity on Eastin Road. On Jan. 3, 2007, students started their day at the old building on Edgeworth Drive, then walked to the new building in shifts. By 11:30, all the students were in the new school. The 40,000-square-foot gymnasium was renovated and restored. The football stadium shown in this image was razed and rebuilt. The school buildings shown here just under the baseball field were demolished. That area is now a parking lot. In 1976 the school graduated 450 students. In 2017 it was 472. Click on the image for a closer look. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Comments

Solar eclipse, Jackson County, 1986

Breathitt County high school students used handmade “sunscopes” to observe a partial solar eclipse on Oct. 3, 1986, at the high school in Jackson. A group of students from Margaret Gross’s and Hubert Harold’s science classes used a variety of devices to observe the phenomenon. Kentucky is in the direct path of a total solar eclipse on Monday. Lexington will reach 95 percent totality about 2:30 p.m. Photo by Jim Wakeham | Staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Comments

First female engineering grad at the University of Kentucky, 1947

Margaret Ingalls, left, of Syracuse, N. Y., the first female graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, and the second female engineering grad in the United States, talked with Betty Peters, center, and Marie Kemper, who received their bachelor’s degrees in engineering, on Aug. 29, 1947. Ingall received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1916 and a master’s degree, also from UK, in 1919, and at that time, she had work for Carrier Engineering Corp. at Syracuse for more than 22 years. Peters would work for General Electric and Kemper for the National Advisory Commission for Aeronautical Engineering in Cleveland. Published in the Herald-Leader on Aug. 31, 1947. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Comments

Spalding’s Bakery, 1981

James Spalding held a tray of doughnuts at Spalding’s Bakery on March 27, 1981. The popular bakery known for its hand-cut, honey-glazed doughnuts has been a Lexington staple for more than eight decades. James Spalding retired after he was attacked by an armed robber in 2004. The bakery closed for a brief time but reopened on Winchester Road across from the Jif peanut butter factory in 2005. Today, James’ sister and her two daughters, two of her grandchildren, a nephew, and other relatives and employees bake fresh doughnuts and other items each day. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments

Lafayette running backs, 1947

Lafayette High School football players, from left, Roy Walton, John Neal and Orin Morgan, on Nov. 1947. The three running backs were the main ground-gainers for the Generals that season, which finished the year 2-6. Walton would become head coach at his alma mater in 1958 at age 28. He spent the bulk of his coaching career at Tates Creek, with 219 victories in 26 years. He died in 2010, and the Commodores’ stadium is named in his honor. Click here to see an image from our archives of Walton coaching in 1980. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Comments

Children’s Palace, 1992

Children’s Palace, one of Lexington’s largest toy retailers, on the day it closed, Aug. 17, 1992. The 36,000-square-foot store in Regency Centre off Nicholasville Road was forced to close after a bankruptcy filing and a failed merger. As a result, Toys R Us in South Park Shopping Center became the only Lexington toy retailer comparable in size and selection. The retail space sat vacant for a year until Allied Sporting Goods and T.J. Maxx moved in. Today, T.J. Maxx and a Michaels craft store occupy the spot. Photo by David Perry | Staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments

First day of school, Cassidy Elementary, 1977

Cassidy Elementary School principal Dorothy Friend welcomed students on the first day of school on Aug. 29, 1977. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Comments

School bus preparation, Fayette County, 2003

Mechanic Paul McKenzie changed a burned-out taillight on a Fayette County School bus that was discovered by driver Tommy Hall during a safety check on Aug. 12, 2003, at the Liberty Road school bus garage. Fayette County Public Schools bus drivers took their buses out Wednesday (morning and afternoon runs) in a dry run to go over their routes and bus stops in preparation for the following Monday’s first day of school. The Fayette County School district requires 24 hours of training annually. The dry run was part of the drivers’ training seminar that week. The 215 buses travel 15,000 miles daily. Fayette County schools’ 2017-18 school year begins Wednesday morning. Photo by David Perry | Staff

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Comments

U.S. Narcotic Farm doctor, 1950

Dr. Harris Isbell examined barbiturates at the United States Narcotic Farm in April 1950. Dr. Isbell was the Addiction Research Center’s director from 1945 to 1962, a period that many people considered the lab’s golden age for new discoveries. The hospital, which was renamed the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital and is now known as the Federal Medical Center, was the first prison for drug addicts in the United States. Federal inmates and people who voluntarily were admitted were treated for drug abuse problems, with mostly experimental treatments. The complex today, off Leestown Road just past Masterson Station Park, is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. This photo ran with one of a series of stories by Jack Lewyn in the Lexington Herald about the fight against drug addiction. The first story ran April 17, 1950. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Comments

Photo reprints


See a photo that you would like to have a reprint of? All photos that appear in this blog can be purchased from
MyCapture .

 Follow us on Twitter
@KYPhotoArchive