Lincoln High School (Manitowoc, Wisconsin)

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Lincoln High School
1433 South 8th St, Manitowoc, WI 54220
United States
Type Public
Established 1923
School district Manitowoc Public School District
Principal Luke J. Valitchka
Grades 10-12
Enrollment over 1,430
Color(s) Red, White
Athletics conference Fox River Classic Conference
Mascot Ships

Lincoln High School is a public high school that serves the city of Manitowoc and its immediate suburbs. The school serves students in grades 10 through 12, with an enrollment of about 1,600. Constructed in 1923, Lincoln High School was designed by Jens Jensen. It is located on Roeff's Hill, along scenic Lake Michigan. The gothic-style building occupies 19 acres (77,000 m2) on the south side of the city. School colors are red and white. The school's official team name is "the Shipbuilders", however, "the Ships", is most often used.


The original building was finished in 1923, making Lincoln High School the oldest standing public high school in the state of Wisconsin. Since its completion, there have been eight renovations or additions to the school. The first was in 1930, with the addition of a pool. The west wing and third floor were added in 1942, followed by a first-floor library wing, a music wing, and a cafeteria wing in 1955. In 1956 the auditorium underwent its first major renovation, and in 1961, a second and third floor were added onto the library. Also built in 1961 was the John F. Kennedy Physical Education Center with a new girls' locker room. The original technology education wing was added in 1983. From 1996 to 2000, construction of a $16.5 million renovation and addition took place. These improvements included the addition of a new gymnasium and a new swimming pool to the J.F.K. Center, a new science lab wing, and an overhaul of the auditorium. This expansion added nearly 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) to the school. In summer 2011, floors, walls, and bleachers in the J.F.K. Fieldhouse were renovated.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Instead of the traditional cap and gown, female graduates wear formal dresses, and males wear tuxedos. Flower girls, being the top forty female members of the junior class, and ushers, being the top eight male members of the junior class, lead the procession.
  • Plans are in place to include 9th graders in the student body.
  • Since the fall of 2007, the school has begun offering courses in the International Baccalaureate program.