Abraham Lincoln High School (Brooklyn)
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Abraham Lincoln High School Brooklyn
Abraham Lincoln High School
Abraham Lincoln High School.jpg


United States
TypePublic high school
MottoCatch the Lincoln Spirit
School district21
PrincipalAri A. Hoogenboom
Faculty117.0 (FTE) (2017-18)[1]
Enrollment1,946 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio16.63:1 (2017-18)[1]
Color(s)Navy blue, black, and grey
NewspaperThe Lincoln Log
YearbookLincoln Landmark
Team NameRailsplitters

Abraham Lincoln High School is a public high school located at 2800 Ocean Parkway, in Brooklyn, New York, United States, under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Education. The school was built in 1929, and since graduated three Nobel Prize laureates,[2] as well as many doctors, scientists, engineers, politicians, musicians, artists, and other notable alumni. The current principal is Ari A. Hoogenboom.

It was built during the Great Depression, and in order 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.[3] In 1983, Dr. Jack Pollock, the principal at the time, reported that 8 of 10 graduates went on to attend college and/or university.[4]

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.[5]

Programs and activities

Virtual Enterprise

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.[6]

Veterinary science

The school has a veterinary science program where students work with live animals.[7]


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.[8] Lincoln varsity sports games were also televised on City Gridiron.[9][10]

In 2013, borough president Marty Markowitz and councilman Domenic Recchia funded a new $2 million fitness center at the school.[11] On November 27, 2018, the school along with alumnus Isaiah Whitehead commenced the opening of a new weight room.[12]

Lincoln athletic director Renan Ebeid was recognized by All-Stars Teachers contest by Major League Baseball.[13]


The school has a renowned professional photography program.[14]

Extracurricular activities

The school offers many extracurricular activities, including Acting Studio, Animal Care Squad, Anime, Arista National Honor Society, Cheerleading, Chess, Chinese, Conflict Negotiation and Mediation, Debate Team, ELL Acting Studio, Gay-Straight Alliance, Guitar, Hiking, History, Key Club, Landmark Yearbook, Library Squad, Lincoln Ambassadors, Lincoln Log Newspaper, Marine Lab Squad, South Asian club, Student Organization and Weightlifting.[15]

In the news

In November 2014, student Christina Thomas was suspended for 30 days after an altercation with a school librarian.[16]

In September 2013, a teacher found a message scrawled on a second-floor windowsill that a bomb will explode at noon. Students were evacuated and waited on the bleachers while police searched the building. No explosives were found.[17]

In January 2012, principal Ari A. Hoogenboom was in a documentary giving a testimony for HealthCorps.[18]

Student demographics

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.[1]

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%.[19]


The New York City Subway's Ocean Parkway ( train) and Neptune Avenue ( and ​ trains) stations are located nearby.[20][21] Additionally, New York City Bus's B1, B4, B36 and B68 buses serve the area.[22]

Notable alumni

Fictional alumni


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