Lincoln High School (West Virginia)

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Lincoln High School
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100 Jerry Toth Drive
Shinnston, West Virginia 26431
Coordinates 39°22′50″N 80°18′39″W / 39.38069°N 80.31088°W / 39.38069; -80.31088Coordinates: 39°22′50″N 80°18′39″W / 39.38069°N 80.31088°W / 39.38069; -80.31088
Opened September 5, 1978
School district Harrison County
Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin
Principal James Lopez
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 642 [1]
Color(s) Brown and Vegas Gold          
Athletics conference Big Ten
Nickname Cougars
Feeder schools Lincoln Middle School
Big Elm Elementary School
Lumberport Elementary School

Lincoln High School is comprehensive four-year public high school located in Shinnston, West Virginia, in Harrison County that operates as part of the Harrison County School District. Lincoln High School derived its name from the first public school located in Harrison County in the vicinity of the nearby community of Gypsy. Site preparation began in the Spring of 1975. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the building were held September 9, 1976. Cornerstone laying was June 4, 1977. A new addition was added which was completed for the school year of 94-95.[2]

Feeder pattern[edit]

Lincoln High School students come from a shared campus middle school, Lincoln Middle. Lincoln's two feeder elementary schools are Big Elm Elementary and Lumberport Elementary. Students enrolled at these schools are from numerous surrounding areas such as Wallace, Sardis, Lumberport, Shinnston, Enterprise, Gypsy, Spelter, and Wyatt.


  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling
  • Cross Country
  • Cheerleading*(Extracurricular activity)


Lincoln High School has been somewhat successful in the athletic department in recent years. They have boasted six state titles since 2003 and four state runner-up positions, although four of the state titles are from the extracurricular activity of cheerleading. The two true athletic state titles have been won by the Lincoln baseball team: in 2003, and most recently in 2009. They beat 2008 state runner-up Point Pleasant by a score of 6-2 to clinch that game. The boys' basketball team also finished state runner-up once in 2004, losing to Winfield in overtime by a score of 52-51. Lincoln's girls' basketball team has also finished state runner-up twice in both 2008 and 2009 losing both times to the same opponent Summers County High School. In 1979, Lincoln's second year in existence, the Varsity Football team under Coach Larry Burner finished the regular season with a 9-1 record ranked 7th in AAA, losing only to unbeaten Bridgeport 26-8. Led by a stingy defense that allowed an average of only 11 points a game, they recorded 4 shutouts. The team met Bridgeport in the first round of the playoffs, where they lost again to the eventual state champion Indians. The 1979 football team's final ranking of 7th in Class AAA is the school's highest football ranking ever. While it's not a sport but an extracurricular activity, cheerleading has been successful at Lincoln High. In 1996 the Lincoln cheerleaders won their first state recognition, coming home with a state runner-up trophy. In 2002 the cheerleaders once again competed in the state competition and came home with a state title. They also brought home the title three years in a row from 2005-2007 and finished runner-up in 2008, losing to Harrison County rival Liberty.

Lincoln High School State Championship History [3]
Boys' Sports State Titles State Runners-up Girls' Sports State Titles State Runners-up
Baseball 2003, 2009 Softball
Basketball 2004 Basketball 2008, 2009
Cross Country Cross Country
Golf Cheerleading-Extracurricular activity 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007 1996, 2008, 2011
Football Volleyball
Soccer Soccer
Swimming Swimming
Tennis Tennis
Track & Field Track & Field
Boys' Total 2 1 Girls' Total 4 5

Notable events[edit]

In February 2009, during a Home Girls' Basketball Game, a severe thunderstorm with winds near 70 mph swept through the area and tore off the majority of the rubber roofing on the gymnasium. The roof was deemed a total loss.[4]


  1. ^ Lincoln High School - Shinnston, West Virginia/WV - Public School Review
  2. ^ About Lincoln High School
  3. ^ WVSSAC Archived September 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Scott Grayson (February 11, 2009). "Storm Damages Lincoln High School Gymnasium". Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 

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