Abraham Lincoln High School (Brooklyn)
|Abraham Lincoln High School|
2800 Ocean Parkway|
Brooklyn, New York 11235
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||Catch the Lincoln Spirit|
|Principal||Ari A. Hoogenboom|
|Enrollment||2,325 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||20.0:1|
|Color(s)||Navy blue, black, and grey|
|Newspaper||The Lincoln Log|
Abraham Lincoln High School is a public high school located at 2800 Ocean Parkway, in Brooklyn, New York, USA, under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Education. The school was built in 1929, and since graduated three Nobel Prize laureates, as well as many doctors, scientists, engineers, politicians, musicians, artists, and other notable alumni. The current principal is Ari A. Hoogenboom.
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 1930 through the next 25 years, the school principal was Dr. Gabriel R. Mason. In 1983, Dr. Jack Pollock, the principal at the time, reported that 8 of 10 graduates went on to attend college and/or university.
However, by 2010, C.J. Hughes of The New York Times reported that Lincoln High School had "struggled" with student academic achievement. 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.
Programs and activities
The school has a virtual enterprise program where students create and manage their virtual businesses from product development, production and distribution to marketing, sales, human resources, accounting, finance and web design.
The school has a veterinary science program where schools work with live animals.
The school offers a variety of varsity and junior varsity sports. These sports include Basketball, Baseball, Football, Bowling, Cross Country, Handball, Track and field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis and Volleyball.
The school has a renowned professional photography program.
The school offers many extracurricular activities, including Acting Studio, Animal Care Squad, Anime, Arista National Honor Society, Cheerleading, Chess, Chinese, Conflict Negotiation and Mediation, Debate Team, ELL Acting Studio, Gay–Straight Alliance, Guitar, Hiking, History, Key Club, Landmark Yearbook, Library Squad, Lincoln Ambassadors, Lincoln Log Newspaper, Marine Lab Squad, South Asian club, Student Organization and Weightlifting.
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.
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%.
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- Eddie Antar, former businessman/owner of Crazy Eddie.
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- Paul Berg (born 1926), class of 1943, recipient of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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- Millie Deegan (1919–2002), professional baseball player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
- Neil Diamond (born 1941), class of 1958, singer/performer
- Pete Emelianchik (born 1943), class of 1960, football player, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles
- Nelson Figueroa (born 1974), class of 1992, major league pitcher, MLB, Houston Astros 
- John Forsythe (né Jacob Lincoln Freund, 1918–2010), class of 1934, film and television actor.
- Maksim Gelman, spree killer.
- Shirley Gorelick (1924-2000), figurative painter, sculptor, and printmaker
- Louis Gossett, Jr. (born 1936), class of 1954, basketball player, Academy Award-winning actor.
- Howard Greenfield (1936–1986) songwriter.
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- Joseph Heller (1923–1999), class of 1942, author of Catch-22.
- Leona Helmsley (1920–2007), real-estate businesswoman, noted hotelier and "Queen of Mean".
- Raul Hilberg, class of 1942, historian of genocide.
- Elizabeth Holtzman, class of 1958, Democratic congresswoman, the youngest woman elected to serve in the United States House of Representatives
- Jerome Karle (1918–2013; born Jerome Karfunkel), class of 1933, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- Harvey Keitel (born 1939), stage, film and television actor.
- Arthur Kornberg (1918–2007), class of 1933, recipient of the 1959 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
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- Jeffrey Tambor (born 1944), actor, voice artist, and comedian
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- Sebastian Telfair, class of 2004, professional basketball player (NBA).
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