Lincoln High School (Gahanna, Ohio)
|Lincoln High School|
|140 South Hamilton Road
Gahanna, Ohio, (Franklin County), 43230
|Type||Public, Coeducational high school|
|Motto||Home of the Golden Lions|
|School district||Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools|
|Enrollment||More than 2,300 students|
|Campus size||38 acres (150,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Blue and gold|
|Athletics conference||Ohio Capital Conference|
|Team name||Golden Lions|
|Accreditation(s)||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Established in 1882 as Gahanna High School and renamed Lincoln High School in 1927, Lincoln is the only high school in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District. The original Gahanna High School was located on Short Street in what is now known as Olde Gahanna. The current school building opened in 1927, and it has experienced many additions and renovations since, the most recent being the addition of Clark Hall in 2011. Over 2,300 students attend the school.
The name 'Gahanna Lincoln' is a result of an early struggle between Gahanna and Jefferson Township. The Township wanted their name on the high school; however Gahanna was against naming the school Gahanna Jefferson High School (the district was already named 'Jefferson Local Schools' at that time). The city and Township compromised and named the school Lincoln, and the name remains.
Lincoln High School's mascot is the Golden Lion and so the school is nicknamed the "Home of the Lions." The school colors are Royal Blue and Athletic Gold. The 38-acre (150,000 m2) campus is made up of three buildings, named "A", "B", and "C". This compound, along with athletic facilities, district administration building and Lincoln Elementary, takes up nearly an entire block, bounded on the north by Havens Corners Road, and on the west by South Hamilton Road. The original 1927 building was renovated in 1987 is known today as B Building. The 2000 addition is known as C Building and was built to replace the previous C Building which stood where the entrance to the stadium is today. A Building was originally constructed in 1963 and has had additions in 1982 (an auditorium, a library, a band room, and an auxiliary gym) and 1995 (science classrooms, theater and TV classrooms, a choir room, a new main office complex and a second cafeteria).
On January 12, 2012, Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and United States Senator Sherrod Brown spoke at a town-hall style meeting at the high school. Attendance was limited to high school seniors and 400 parents and members of the press. As the gym filled up, the auditorium was used as an overflow room. The Vice President did enter the overflow room to give a few brief remarks before the town-hall. Biden and Secretary Duncan took questions from parents and students after the speech.
Before the visit, there were criticism from the Republican Party for the visit. However, the criticism was limited only to the Vice President as Duncan has been praised by the Republicans in Ohio and Governor John Kasich for sharing similar views.
Enrollment at Lincoln has held steady in recent years, but the school has been becoming overcrowded. Further expansion within the current site was not practical. However, an opportunity to purchase land across the intersection of Granville Street, Havens Corners Road, and South Hamilton Road from the high school's current location presented itself in late 2008. Due to the opening of a new Kroger Marketplace store close to the site of an existing Kroger supermarket, the old store closed, opening up a parcel of land. The school board voted unanimously to purchase the site, and began working with Bird Houk Collaborative, a developer and architect based in Gahanna, to develop a mixed-use site, including the new Lincoln High School Learning Center.
The plan was for the former Kroger building to be demolished, and a new building constructed along Granville Street on the south end of the site. The new facility would have a first floor occupied by various retailers, while the second and third floor will be exclusively occupied by Lincoln High School classrooms. The district will lease the retail space to a developer, in hopes of raising extra revenue. The rest of the site will possibly be developed into commercial and residential buildings at a later date. The reconfigured site will have buildings along Granville and South Hamilton streets and parking behind them, rather than the current configuration of parking along the street and the building set back behind the parking lot.
The new learning center opened Autumn 2011 and was named Clark Hall after Gahanna's founder, John Clark. When the building opened, it did not have its own cafeteria. However Wagenbrenner Development Inc. invested 5.9 million dollars to create two one-story buildings adjacent to Clark Hall. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Panera Bread, Rusty Bucket Restaurant, and AT&T Mobile have signed on to occupy the buildings when construction is completed. According to the city of Gahanna, this would create 70 new jobs.
Clubs and activities
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Gahanna's athletic teams compete in the Ohio Division of the Ohio Capital Conference (OCC). The school claims three team state titles in boy's track and field in 1979 and 2009 and Boys soccer in 2009.
Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships
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