Lincoln College Preparatory Academy

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Lincoln College Preparatory Academy
Lincoln High School, Kansas City, Missouri. Entrance.jpg
2111 Woodland Avenue
Kansas City

Coordinates39°05′13″N 94°33′36″W / 39.087°N 94.56°W / 39.087; -94.56Coordinates: 39°05′13″N 94°33′36″W / 39.087°N 94.56°W / 39.087; -94.56
TypePublic High School
Established1865 as Lincoln High School, renamed LCPA in 1986
School districtKansas City Public Schools 33
Enrollment951 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)     Blue
MascotBlue Tiger
NicknameThe Castle on The Hill
National ranking67th (2015–2016)[2]

Lincoln College Preparatory Academy (LCPA) (also known as Lincoln Prep Academy or The Castle on the Hill[3]) is a three-year middle school and four-year college preparatory magnet school in the Kansas City, Missouri School District. The school is highly competitive as students are sometimes required to take entrance exams to get in.[citation needed] The high school offers International Baccalaureate programs.

Lincoln was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the "Top 100 High Schools" in the United States in 2012 and 2015. In 2008 and 2014, the school received the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.[4]

In 2015, the Academy was named the best public school in the State of Missouri.[5][6]


Lincoln Elementary was founded in Kansas City, MO in 1867. In 1890 under the leadership of Principal Gabriel N. Grisham Lincoln became a high school. Beginning in 1908, the high school was located at 19th and Tracy Avenue, which is modernly known as 1300 East 19th street. The school moved into an expanded facility at 2111 Woodland Avenue in 1936 under the leadership of Principal Hugh O. Cook. Lincoln High School remained an all-black school through most of segregation. In 1978, the student body was integrated and the institution obtained a magnet school designation operating under the name Lincoln Academy for Accelerated Study. The name changed to Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in 1986.[7]


Lincoln College Preparatory Academy is an award-winning middle and high school. More than 90% of its graduates enroll in college. The 2014 graduating class of 151 students received $15.6 million in scholarships, grants and financial aid. High achievement has been consistent, as the 115 graduates in 2002 received scholarships and financial aid in excess of $3 million. The student-teacher ratio is 14.0:1.[8]


The Lincoln Blue Tigers actively participate in the following sports:

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  1. ^ "LINCOLN COLLEGE PREP". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  2. ^ {{cite web|url= Prep ranked No. 1 among high schools in Missouri by U.S. News & World Report|publisher=The Kansas City Star|accessdate=February 7,2019
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2010-12-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ "The Black Archives of MidAmerica" (PDF).
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  9. ^ "Charles Harris". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "Jeff Hurd". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  11. ^ "Greg Westbrooks". Retrieved January 12, 2019.

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