Abraham Lincoln High School (San Jose, California)

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Abraham Lincoln High School
555 Dana Ave.
San Jose, CA, United States
Type Public
Established First school day: Sep-28-1942
School district San Jose Unified
Principal Matt Hewitson
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1754 (in 2012)
Campus Open
Color(s) Navy blue and Gold
Mascot Leo the Lion
Affiliation San Jose Unified School District

Abraham Lincoln High School is a high school in the San Jose Unified School District. It is a magnet school for "Academic, Visual, and Performing Arts". The current principal is Matt Hewitson.

The school mascot is a Lion. The school colors are blue and gold. Lincoln High offers cross country, water polo, tennis, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, football, baseball, softball, soccer, golf, badminton, track and field, and swimming. Football receives special attention during the Big Bone Game. The team was undefeated during the 2005-2006 season, ranking highest in the league.[citation needed] The 2006-2007 was their first year in A league.

Abraham Lincoln High School offers various extracurricular activities. Eight Lincoln Performing Arts teachers along with numerous volunteers are responsible for the award-winning drama, dance, and music department. Lincoln is also noted for its Mock Trial team, which is the one of only two California Mock Trial teams to have won the California State Championships twice in a row (the other is La Reina High School). Lincoln placed fourth in the National Championships in 2002.[1] Lincoln Lion Tales, a student-run newspaper, highlights recent events at the school.

Performing Arts[edit]

Lincoln has a deep tradition of excellence in performing arts. The school is bolstered by five regionally renowned performing arts programs; Orchestra, Band, Choir, Dance, and Drama. Each department has 3-12 classes and a variety of levels tailored to students at all levels.


Lincoln's orchestral program consists of three ensembles, all taught by Kathleen Meyer. Intermezzo is aimed at growing the talents of beginning instrumentalists, while the more advanced string orchestra deals with moderately experienced youth from grades 9-12. The top tier class is a small classical ensemble consisting of 10-15 experienced string players. It is simply known as the "Lincoln High Chamber Orchestra". The orchestral program also has two spinoff groups: Lincoln's mariachi band and the Lincoln Philharmonic Orchestra. The Lincoln Philharmonic Orchestra is an 80-member ensemble with full implements of brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion. All groups perform in a variety of shows throughout the year including the Pancake Breakfast and Finale Concert Series. At the end of each year, the Lincoln Philharmonic tours a different U.S. city. In 2012, they traveled to Boulder, Colorado and performed on the UC Boulder campus for three days.

The program has trained thousands of musicians over recent decades, and has seen students accepted into esteemed institutions such as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.


Lincoln has a variety of bands ranging from a classical wind symphony to their award-winning Jazz Band. Also, each of the school's musicals features a live "pit band". All groups are taught by University of Colorado at Boulder graduate Craig McKenzie. Lincoln is a perennial power at the California All State band festival. Each year, up to a half dozen players from the program are chosen to represent the state. In addition, multiple musicians have continued on into the well known San Jose State University band program.


The school's choir program consists of about a half dozen choir classes with levels ranging from beginning to advanced. There are two sub-departments in Lincoln choir - the Jazz groups and the Classical groups. All choirs study under Anne-Marie Katemopolous. Chamber Chorale (Classical), Vocal Ease (Jazz), and Estetica (Jazz) are the top three groups, making the others preparatory ensembles. The groups are all known for their extensive practice and performance schedules, which include up to a dozen shows a year. Once such show is "Java and Jazz", a yearly concert series that takes place in Lincoln's Black Box Theater. In addition to performing, groups make yearly appearances at the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) and do national tours to various locations such as Los Angeles and Florida.


With a dozen classes and hundreds of performers, the dance department is Lincoln's largest performing arts program. The classes are taught by a trio of experienced dance instructors that have been a part of the school for many years apiece. The top group is the 20 member "Convertibles", an elite dance ensemble that performs lyrical, classical, and jazz pieces. They are top competitors at two national competitions in Orlando and Los Angeles each year.


Lincoln's drama department helps set it apart from most public California high schools. The department, headed by Kansas State graduate Chuck Manthe, puts on four productions per year in addition to a three day "One Act Festival" at the end of each year. The four show season features two musicals, a Shakespearean show, and a play aimed toward children. There is a fifth production each summer. It is almost always a musical. The school has put out versions of Cats, The Drowsy Chaperone, Matilda, Hello Dolly!, South Pacific, and Les Miserables, just to name a few. The 2012-2013 season is set to include Tony Award winners Avenue Q and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. All performances that do not tour take place at the 200-seat Lincoln Black Box Theater, which features one of the largest theater light panels in the Bay Area. The theater is also the occasional home of Five-Play Improv, a local improvisational acting company based in the South San Francisco Bay Area.

The department itself consists of five theatre class and two technical theatre groups that cover a wide range of material each year. The elite acting ensemble "Boxed in Theatre Company" (BITCo) is the pride of the program. 16-18 actors and actresses are a part of the group annually. The class is a rigorous mixture of theatre history and hands on performing and stage management. The department also does a week long tour of New York City each year that is open to all students in the program.

Many actors from the program have graduated and entered theatre schools such as AMDA and NYU. A large number of students from Lincoln have been in Broadway productions following their graduation.

Big Bone Game[edit]

The football teams of San Jose High School and Lincoln face off at San Jose City College each Thanksgiving in the Big Bone Game. This rivalry game has been held since 1945 and is held annually at neutral-site San Jose City College. It gets its name from San Jose High School student Bob Schimdt in 1945, who found a large steer leg in his father's butcher shop and declared it the trophy for the winning school.

Little Bone Game[edit]

The junior varsity football teams from both schools hold the Little Bone Game annually on the Thursday prior to the Big Bone Game.

Notable alumni[edit]

Other information[edit]

  • Student Population: 1754 (in 2012)
  • Student Ethnic diversity: 0.3% American Indian, 4.4% Asian, 2.4% Filipino, 3.0% African American, 16.9% White, 69.2% Latino, 0.5% Pacific Islander, two more races 2.2%
  • Theatre: Boxed-In Theatre Company
  • Dance: Lincoln Convertibles (Dance Team) and Xochitl Cultural.
  • Their dance team was the USA Grand National Champs for 3 years in a row (2005–2007). They are 2009 USA National Champs in Intermediate Dance.


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