Abraham Lincoln High School (Brooklyn)

Coordinates: 40°34′57″N 73°58′05″W / 40.58250°N 73.96806°W / 40.58250; -73.96806
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Abraham Lincoln High School
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United States
Coordinates40°34′57″N 73°58′05″W / 40.58250°N 73.96806°W / 40.58250; -73.96806
TypePublic high school
MottoCatch the Lincoln Spirit
Established1929; 94 years ago (1929)
School district21
NCES District ID3600152[1]
School codeNY-332100010000-332100011410
CEEB code330550
NCES School ID360015201906[2]
PrincipalAri A. Hoogenboom
Faculty102.3 (on an FTE basis)
Enrollment1,816 (2020-2021)
 • Grade 9536
 • Grade 10556
 • Grade 11381
 • Grade 12337
 • Other6
Student to teacher ratio17.75
Color(s)Navy blue, black, and grey    
USNWR ranking9,446
NewspaperThe Lincoln Log
YearbookLincoln Landmark
Nobel laureatesDavid Julius, Paul Berg, Jerome Karle, Arthur Kornberg

Abraham Lincoln High School is a public high school located at 2800 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, New York under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Education. The school was built in 1929, and since graduated four Nobel Prize laureates,[3] as well as many doctors, scientists, engineers, politicians, musicians, artists, and other notable alums. The current principal is Ari A. Hoogenboom.

It was built during the Great Depression, and to save money, one set of blueprints was used for Lincoln and other high schools in New York City, including Bayside High School, Samuel J. Tilden High School, John Adams High School, and Grover Cleveland High School.

The school features five gymnasiums, an outdoor football and track and field, a swimming pool, a photography studio, an animal science lab, an office classroom and an auditorium.


The school was established in 1929 and named for former US president, Abraham Lincoln. From when the school opened its doors in September 1930 through the next 25 years, the school principal was Dr. Gabriel R. Mason.[4] In 1983, Dr. Jack Pollock, the principal, reported that 8 of 10 graduates attended college and/or university.[5]

However, by 2010, C.J. Hughes of The New York Times reported that Lincoln High School had "struggled" with student academic achievement. In 2009, the school only had a 58% graduation rating. The SAT averages for the school were 411 in reading, 432 in mathematics, and 401 in writing. The New York State averages during that year were 480 in reading, 500 in mathematics, and 470 in writing.[6]


As of the 2014–15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,325 students and 116.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 20.0:1. There were 1,506 students (64.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 85 (3.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]

The school's racial composition is very diverse. African American students made up 38.3% of the school's student population, a plurality of the student body. White students made up over one-quarter (26.3%), Hispanic and Latino (of any race) students made up over one-fifth (21.1%), Asian American students made up 14.0%, and Native Americans made up the remaining 0.3%.[7]

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity 2020–2021[2]
Black Hispanic White Asian Two or more races American Indian/Alaska Native Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
753 486 264 259 22 17 15

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school offers many extracurricular activities, including Acting, Animal Care Squad Anime, Arista National Honor Society, Cheerleading, Chess, Chinese, Conflict Negotiation & Mediation, Debate Team, Gay–Straight Alliance, Guitar, Hiking, History, Key Club, Yearbook, Library Squad, Lincoln Ambassadors, Lincoln Log (newspaper), Marine Lab Squad, South Asian club, Weightlifting, and Yearbook.[8]

Virtual Enterprise[edit]

The school has a virtual enterprise program where students create and manage their virtual businesses from product development, production, and distribution to marketing, sales, human resources, accounting, finance, and web design.[9]

Veterinary science[edit]

The school has a veterinary science program in which students work with live animals.[10]


Lincoln's athletic field in aerial view.

The school offers a variety of varsity and junior varsity sports. These sports include basketball, baseball, football, bowling, cross Country, handball, track and field, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.[11] Lincoln varsity sports games were also televised on City Gridiron.[12][13]

In 2013, borough president Marty Markowitz and councilman Domenic Recchia funded a new $2 million fitness center at the school.[14] On November 27, 2018, the school along with alumnus Isaiah Whitehead commenced the opening of a new weight room.[15]

Lincoln athletic director Renan Ebeid was recognized by All-Stars Teachers contest by Major League Baseball.[16]

Notable alumni[edit]


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