Lincoln High School (Gahanna, Ohio)

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Lincoln High School
140 South Hamilton Road
Gahanna, Ohio 43230
United States
Coordinates 40°00′59″N 82°51′55″W / 40.016284°N 82.865195°W / 40.016284; -82.865195Coordinates: 40°00′59″N 82°51′55″W / 40.016284°N 82.865195°W / 40.016284; -82.865195
Type Public, Coeducational high school
Established 1928
School district Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools
Superintendent Scott Schmidt [1]
Principal Bobby Dodd
Grades 9-12
Enrollment More than 2,200 students
Campus size 38 acres (150,000 m2)
Color(s) Blue and gold[2]         
Athletics conference Ohio Capital Conference[2]
Mascot Louie the Lion
Team name Golden Lions[2]
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[3]

Lincoln High School is a public high school in Gahanna, Ohio.


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 2,400 students attend the school.[4]

The name 'Lincoln High School' 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.[5]

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 "Lincoln", "Jefferson", and "Hamilton". 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 Lincoln Hall. The 2000 addition is known as Jefferson Hall and was built to replace the previous C Building which stood where the entrance to the stadium is today. Hamilton Hall 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). The three buildings are all connected by inner hallways, however they can also all be accessed by outside doors. Starting in the 2011-2012 Scool Year the name Hamilton Hall, Lincoln Hall, and Jefferson Hall replaced the names A, B, and C Building, respectively.

Clark Hall[edit]

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 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 would be exclusively occupied by Lincoln High School classrooms. The district has leased the retail space to a developer, in hopes of raising extra revenue. The rest of the site has been developed into commercial and residential buildings. The reconfigured site currently has buildings along Granville and South Hamilton streets and parking behind them, rather than the older 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.


Gahanna's athletic teams compete in the Ohio Division of the Ohio Capital Conference (OCC). The school's athletic teams have a long history of success in many sports and many league, district and regional titles. The school claims four team state titles: two in boys track and field (1979 and 2009), one in boys soccer (2009), and a shared title in girls track (2015, with Cincinnati Withrow). The school has been State Runner-up in: Football (1976), Boys Volleyball (1991); Softball (2003 & 2011) and has played in the State Final Four in Boys Basketball (2010)and Baseball (2013, 2014). The Boys Soccer team won their first conference championship in 1983 and currently has a streak of over 10 years as OCC League Champions. The football team won 10 League Championships during the first 12 years of the league (1968-1980).

The high school offers the following sports: Boys: Cross Country, Golf, Football & Soccer in the Fall; Basketball, Wrestling, Swimming, Bowling, & Ice Hockey in the Winter; Baseball, Track & Field, Tennis, Volleyball and Lacrosse in the Spring. Girls: Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball & Tennis in the Fall; Basketball, Bowling, Swimming, Cheerleading in the Winter; and Softball, Track & Field and Lacrosse in the Spring.

A new synthetic turf athletic field was installed in 2008 to allow many sports to be played in the main stadium including football, soccer and lacrosse as well as uses by Physical Education Classes and other teams for conditioning. The "Ed Rarey Track & Field" Complex surrounds the field and is named after Ed Rarey, who served as Head Track Coach for over 60 years at Gahanna Lincoln.

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]


  1. ^ Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools. "Directory: Board of Education". Retrieved October 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Archived from the original on November 5, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ School Overview.
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  6. ^ a b OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved June 7, 2009. 
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