Abraham Lincoln High School (Philadelphia)

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Abraham Lincoln High School
3201 Ryan Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19136
United States
Coordinates 40°02′24″N 75°02′31″W / 40.04°N 75.042°W / 40.04; -75.042Coordinates: 40°02′24″N 75°02′31″W / 40.04°N 75.042°W / 40.04; -75.042
School type Public school (government funded), High school
Motto "With malice towards none"
Status open
School district School District of Philadelphia
NCES District ID 4218990[1]
CEEB code 393205
NCES School ID 421899003845[2]
Principal Jack Nelson [3]
Faculty 125.03 (on an FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9–12, with Pre-K Day Care[2][4]
Enrolment 1,726[2] (2009–2010)
 • Grade 9 628[2]
 • Grade 10 432[2]
 • Grade 11 361[2]
 • Grade 12 272[2]
 • Pre-kindergarten 33[2]
Student to teacher ratio 13.80[2]
Campus type urban
Color(s) Black and gold          
Team name Rail Splitters

Abraham Lincoln High School, a public school located in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Its main entrance is located at Ryan and Rowland Avenues. The principal is Mr. Jack Nelson.

It serves Mayfair, Holmesburg, and Torresdale.[5]


Abraham Lincoln is widely known as Philadelphia's "All-Academy" high school. Students can choose from a variety of academies, including law, business, horticulture, environmental science, health, and fine and performing arts. Students can elect to take four years of Air Force JROTC,[6] making their prospective academy 'ROTC' with classes aimed toward the study of aeronautical science and leadership education.

Lincoln offers an academy for students who speak a language other than traditional American English, including a program for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

Students may choose from sports such as football, soccer, cheerleading, track, baseball, swimming, and wrestling. The school has a band and a choir, both of which perform a Christmas concert and a spring musical annually, in addition to performances for the local community, and city.

The school is also staffed with Non-Teaching Assistants ("NTA's") and a school police group supplemented by the Philadelphia Police Department[7] to ensure that all students are provided a safe school environment.


Lincoln was originally scheduled to be named Mayfair High School, but opposition from other neighborhoods, including Holmesburg, meant that the school was instead named after Abraham Lincoln. Mayfair residents had a negative reception to this change. In 1949 the school's cornerstone was laid. Its current campus opened in 2009.[8]

School uniforms[edit]

Students wear school uniforms.[9] Students wear a gold polo shirt and black slacks.

Popular culture[edit]

Lincoln's Marching Band was featured in '"Rocky III"' in a scene in which he was honored in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; this is the scene where the still-iconic Rocky Balboa statue was first unveiled. A scene for "Rocky II" was filmed in the Lincoln High School auditorium, but the scene was not used in the film. In the cut scene, Rocky Balboa was awarded an honorary high school diploma. Like his fictional character, Sylvester Stallone attended Lincoln but did not graduate, due to his boxing career, though his brother Frank did.

Feeder patterns[edit]

Feeder middle schools and K-8 schools into Lincoln:[10]

Feeder elementary schools:[5]


  • Glenn Brenner - popular Washington, D.C., sportscaster[11]
  • Gia Carangi – 1980s model.
  • Frank P. Stallone, Jr. - actor and younger brother of Sylvester Stallone
  • Sylvester Stallone - while he only attended Lincoln for 9th grade (failing all classes except drama), he referenced Lincoln in several Rocky movies. In Rocky III, the Lincoln High School Band plays the Rocky theme on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps.
  • Scott Herling - went to Abraham Lincoln High School and believes that someone killed themselves here July 15, 1945 on the night of his senior football game Antonio Reyes died and now he's looking for his varsity jacket he lost before killing himself


  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Philadelphia City Sd". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Lincoln HS". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Abraham Lincoln High School". The School District of Philadelphia. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Who we are". Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2011. Four of the staff are listed as "Day Care" 
  5. ^ a b "Abraham Lincoln High School Geographic Boundaries." School District of Philadelphia. Retrieved on December 10, 2016.
  6. ^ "Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps" junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  7. ^ "Philadelphia Police Department" Philadelphia Police department. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  8. ^ Loftus, John (2015-01-28). "Changes in the classroom". Northeast Times. Archived from the original on 2015-08-01. Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  9. ^ "Dress Code/School Uniform Archived April 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.." Abraham Lincoln High School. Retrieved on March 21, 2009.
  10. ^ "High School Directory Fall 2017 Admissions" (Archive). School District of Philadelphia. p. 42/70. Retrieved on December 10, 2016.
  11. ^ Bradley, Rich (January 15, 1992). "Brenner, 44, Succumbs to Brain Tumor". Philadelphia Daily News. 

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