Get to Know Dunkirk

  • Mission Statement
    Maximize potential for all students for all times…Whatever it takes.

    Vision Statement
    Provide students the opportunities to develop the skills they need to pursue life’s goals and to participate fully as independent, informed, and productive members of society.

    As identified in the District’s Strategic Plan, 
    Dunkirk’s faculty, staff, and administrators believe:

    • All students can learn
    • Trust and mutual respect are essential
    • Literacy and Numeracy are the foundation of all learning
    • Data and research are the heart of all decision-making
    • We are partners in learning with our families
    • We must all be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of students, our community, the world

  • Who we are

    The Dunkirk City School District serves nearly 2,000 students, UPK-12, at five schools, which are led by Superintendent Michael Mansfield.

    We proudly celebrate a diverse population which includes 56% Hispanic students and 19% English Language Learners.The District offers both English as a New Language (ENL) and One-way Dual Language Bilingual Education (BE) programs.

    We are home to stimulated students, artists and athletes. We recognize talent and interest in and out of the classroom; we encourage all of our students to try new things, find their way, and explore without fear. 

    Our beloved Marauders represent the District in more than forty sports. Dunkirk’s Athletics Program contributes greatly to the overall success and provides students with the tools they need for ongoing success.

    More than 350 professionals work in the District. Dedicated faculty engage our students throughout their academic careers and make Dunkirk a diverse and vibrant community. 

    The City of Dunkirk, the westernmost city in New York State, is located on Lake Erie, just 40 miles south of Buffalo and 30 miles from the Pennsylvania border.