Abraham Lincoln High School (Brooklyn)

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Abraham Lincoln High School
2800 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, New York, 11235
United States
Type public high school
Motto Catch the Lincoln Spirit
Established 1929
School district 21
Principal Ari A. Hoogenboom
Faculty 116.0 FTEs[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 2,325 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 20.0:1[1]
Color(s) Navy blue, black, and grey
Newspaper The Lincoln Log
Yearbook Lincoln Landmark
Team Name Railsplitters

Abraham Lincoln High School is a public high school located at 2800 Ocean Parkway, in Brooklyn, New York City. The principal is Ari A. Hoogenboom. Built in 1929, the school graduated three Nobel Prize laureates,[2] as well as many doctors, scientists, engineers, politicians, musicians, artists, and other notable alumni.

It was built during the Great Depression, and in order to save money, one set of blueprints was used for Lincoln and other high schools in New York City, including Bayside High School, Samuel J. Tilden High School, John Adams High School, and Grover Cleveland High School.


The school was established in 1929, and named for former US president, Abraham Lincoln. From when the school opened its doors in September of 1930 through the next 25 years, the school principal was Dr. Gabriel R. Mason.[3] In 1983, Dr. Jack Pollock, the principal at the time, reported that 8 of 10 graduates went on to attend college and/or university.[4]

However, by 2010, C.J. Hughes of The New York Times reported that Lincoln High School had "struggled" with student academic achievement. At the same time, owing to demographic changes, students self-identifying as white or Caucasian comprised only around a quarter of the student population, a far lower percentage than in 1983. In 2009, the school only had a 58% graduation rating. The SAT averages for the school were 411 in reading, 432 in mathematics, and 401 in writing. The New York State averages during that year were 480 in reading, 500 in mathematics, and 470 in writing.[5]

Student demographics[edit]

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,325 students and 116.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 20.0:1. There were 1,506 students (64.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 85 (3.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

The school's racial composition is very diverse. African American students made up 38.3% of the school's student population, a plurality of the student body. White students made up over one-quarter (26.3%), Hispanic and Latino (of any race) students made up over one-fifth (21.1%), Asian American students made up 14.0%, and Native Americans made up the remaining 0.3%.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

Fictional alumni[edit]


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Coordinates: 40°34′57″N 73°58′05″W / 40.58250°N 73.96806°W / 40.58250; -73.96806