Abraham Lincoln High School (Philadelphia)
Abraham Lincoln High School, a public school located in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Its main entrance is located at Ryan and Rowland Avenues. The principal is Mr. Jack Nelson.
Abraham Lincoln is widely known as Philadelphia's "All-Academy" high school. Students can choose from a variety of academies, including law, business, horticulture, environmental science, health, and fine and performing arts. Students can elect to take four years of Air Force JROTC, making their prospective academy 'ROTC' with classes aimed toward the study of aeronautical science and leadership education.
Lincoln offers an academy for students who speak a language other than traditional American English, including a program for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Students may choose from sports such as football, soccer, cheerleading, track, baseball, swimming, and wrestling. The school has a band and a choir, both of which perform a Christmas concert and a spring musical annually, in addition to performances for the local community, and city.
The school is also staffed with Non-Teaching Assistants ("NTA's") and a school police group supplemented by the Philadelphia Police Department to ensure that all students are provided a safe school environment.
Lincoln was originally scheduled to be named Mayfair High School, but opposition from other neighborhoods, including Holmesburg, meant that the school was instead named after Abraham Lincoln. Mayfair residents had a negative reception to this change. In 1949 the school's cornerstone was laid. Its current campus opened in 2009.
Students wear school uniforms. Students wear a gold, white or black polo shirt and black slacks.
Lincoln's Marching Band was featured in '"Rocky III"' in a scene in which he was honored in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; this is the scene where the still-iconic Rocky Balboa statue was first unveiled. A scene for "Rocky II" was filmed in the Lincoln High School auditorium, but the scene was not used in the film. In the cut scene, Rocky Balboa was awarded an honorary high school diploma. Like his fictional character, Sylvester Stallone attended Lincoln but did not graduate, due to his boxing career, though his brother Frank did.
Feeder middle schools and K-8 schools into Lincoln:
Feeder elementary schools:
- Joseph H. Brown Elementary School
- T. Holme Elementary School
- E. Forrest Elementary School
- R. B. Pollock Elementary School
- W. H. Ziegler Elementary School
- Glenn Brenner - popular Washington, D.C., sportscaster
- Larry Cannon - basketball player, fifth overall pick of 1969 NBA draft
- Gia Carangi – 1980s model
- George H. Heilmeier - Engineer, pioneering contributor to the invention of LCDs
- Ed Neilson - Current state representative for the 174th Legislative District.
- Jerry Reitman - author, businessman and advertising executive
- Frank P. Stallone, Jr. - actor and younger brother of Sylvester Stallone
- Sylvester Stallone - while he only attended Lincoln for 9th grade (failing all classes except drama), he referenced Lincoln in several Rocky movies; in Rocky III, the Lincoln High School Band plays the "Rocky" theme on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps