|Academy of Governance and Social Sciences at Lincoln High School|
60 Crescent Avenue
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Jersey City Public Schools|
|NCES School ID||3407830|
|Enrollment||678 (as of 2018–19)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.3:1|
|Color(s)|| Royal blue and|
|Athletics conference||Hudson County Interscholastic League|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
Lincoln High School Academy of Governance and Social Sciences (or simply Lincoln High School) is a four-year public high school located in Jersey City, in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, operated as part of the Jersey City Public Schools, serving students in ninth through twelfth grade. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1928.
As of the 2018–19 school year, the school had an enrollment of 678 students and 60.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.3:1. There were 594 students (87.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 9 (1.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 328th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. The school had been ranked 294th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 305th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 291st in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 279th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school 342nd out of 409 public high schools statewide in its 2014 rankings that were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The original Lincoln High School opened on September 9, 1912, with an inaugural student body of 300 on a site acquired from the Hasbrouck Institute, a private school. In January 1916, the school graduated its first class of 32 students. In 1934, the school had an enrollment of 5,000 students, making it the second largest in the state.
Lincoln is located at 60 Crescent Avenue south of Journal Square in Bergen Hill, on the site of a mansion that had been owned by George Theodore Werts, who served as Governor of New Jersey from 1893–1896.
Lincoln High School hosts a number of SLC programs that pertain to the interest of the students. For example, the magnet programs include Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, JROTC, Teaching, and Law and Legal Studies.
The Lincoln High School Lions compete in the Hudson County Interscholastic League, which is comprised of private and parochial high schools in Hudson County. The league operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 493 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 486 to 758 students in that grade range. The school was classified by the NJSIAA as Group II South for football for 2018–2020.
The boys track team won the public school indoor track state championship in 1940 and 1948, won the Group II title in 1969 and won the Group III title in 1970, 1971 (as co-champion), 1974; the program's seven state title are ranked ninth in the state. The girls team was the all-group co-champion in 1979.
The boys track team won the Group IV spring track state championship in 1941 and won the Group II title in 1970.
The boys track team won the Group III indoor relay championships in 1967, 1968 and 1969, won in the combined Group I/II in 1970 and 1974, and won in Group III in 1976. The six state championships are tied for seventh-most among the state's high schools.
The 1981 football team finished the season with a 9-2 record after winning the NJSIAA North I Group III state sectional title with a 22-14 victory against Lakeland regional High School in the championship game. In 2009 the Lions finished the season at 8–2, losing in the first round of the NJSIAA North II Group I state playoffs. In 2010, the Lions built on their wave of success, going 7-2 during the regular season, the Lions went back to the playoffs. Their regular season highlight was erasing an 18–0 deficit to Hoboken High School to win 42–18. In the 2010 NJSIAA North II Group I playoffs, the Lions defeated Glen Ridge High School 36–19, and Jonathan Dayton High School 42-14 all on the road to advance to the North II Group I sectional championship game against New Providence High School, losing by a score of 21–8 at New Meadowlands Stadium.
The boys' basketball team won the North I, Group III state sectional championship in 2002 with a 50–41 win against Sparta High School in the tournament final. The 2006 - 2007 boy's varsity basketball team claimed the HCIAA championship over now defunct Union Hill High School, 50 - 46. The 2008 team won the North II, Group II state sectional title with a 61–58 win over Orange High School in the tournament final. In 2008, the basketball team went on to win the school's first Group II state title with an 88–70 victory against Collingswood High School.
The girls basketball team won the North II Group II sectional championship in 2019, becoming the first public school team for Jersey City to win a sectional title, with a 43-41 win over Secaucus High School. The girls basketball team was declared as the North II regional champion in 2020, after the finals were cancelled due to COVID.
Core members of the school's administration include:
- Chris Gadsden, Principal
- Wendy Ronquillo, Vice Principal
- Natasha Walker, Vice Principal
- Doris Jean Austin (1949–1994), writer
- Joe Budden (born 1980), recording artist.
- Robert Burns (1926-2016), politician who served two terms in the New Jersey General Assembly from the 38th Legislative District.
- Florence S. Gaynor (1920–1993), first black woman to head a major teaching hospital in the United States.
- Anthony Green (born 1977, class of 1995), former NFL fullback who played for the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants.
- Frank Joseph Guarini (born 1924, class of 1942), represented New Jersey's 14th congressional district from 1979–1993.
- Herbert Jefferson Jr. (born 1946), actor.
- Johnny Macknowski (born 1923), NBA player for the Syracuse Nationals.
- Charles Mainor (born 1967), member of the New Jersey General Assembly who represents the 31st Legislative District from 2010 to 2016.
- Charles May (1941-2005), Olympic athlete competed in the long jump at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and politician who represented the 31st Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Brandon McGowan (born 1983), safety for the New England Patriots.
- Phyllis Newman (born 1933), actress.
- Bernie Parmalee (born 1967), former NFL running back for the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.
- Philip Van Doren Stern (1900-1984), author, editor, and Civil War historian whose story The Greatest Gift, published in 1943, inspired the classic Christmas film It's a Wonderful Life (1946).
- Aron Stewart (born 1950), former basketball player.
- George Tardiff (1936-2012), football head coach at Benedictine College and Washburn University
- Joseph W. Tumulty (1914-1996), attorney and politician who represented the 32nd Legislative District for a single four-year term in the New Jersey Senate.
- School data for Lincoln High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 1, 2020.
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- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 20, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed December 29, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- Lincoln High School, Schooldigger.com. Accessed November 16, 2015.
- Biography Archived 2008-09-06 at the Wayback Machine, Lincoln High School. Accessed August 13, 2008.
- Member Schools, Hudson County Interscholastic League. Accessed May 17, 2017.
- League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- NJSIAA General Public School Classifications 2019–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2018–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2019. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- NJSIAA Indoor Group Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- NJSIAA Spring Track Summary of Group Titles Boys, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA Football History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- "Seton Hall Prep Downs Bergen Catholic", The New York Times, December 6, 1981. Accessed January 11, 2021. "Paul Chisolm, a senior quarterback, and John Griggs hooked up for three touchdown passes and led Lincoln (9-2) to a 22-14 victory over Lakeland (10-1) in the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 final."
- Rosenfeld, Josh. "New Providence 21, Lincoln 8: NJSIAA North 2, Group 2 final", The Star-Ledger, December 4, 2010. Accessed December 29, 2011. "New Providence's defense made that mission a reality by shutting down an explosive Lincoln attack to post a 21-8 victory in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 championship game before 9,500 yesterday at the New Meadowlands Stadium."
- 2002 Boys Basketball - North I, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 12, 2007.
- 2008 Boys Basketball - North II, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 12, 2008.
- Winner, Ned. "Lions Rise To The Top: Lincoln rallies late to win section title", The Star-Ledger, March 4, 2008. Accessed March 12, 2008.
- Staff. "88-70", The Star-Ledger, March 9, 2008. Accessed September 20, 2012. "Lincoln won the first state title in school history when Tymel Jackson scored 23 points and Daquan Pettiford added 19 in an 88-70 victory over Collingswood in the NJSIAA/ShopRite Group 2 championship last night at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway."
- NJSIAA Boys Basketball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- Bernstein, Jason. "'They call us Lions for a reason," No. 15 Lincoln rallies past Secaucus for first section title", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, March 5, 2019, August 22, 2019. Accessed October 14, 2020. "The 25-foot shot which seemed good off the fingertips of Lyndsey Ross, circled the rim once, going half-way in before spinning out and giving fourth-seeded Lincoln, No. 15 in the NJ.com Top 20, a 43-41 victory over third-seeded Secaucus in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 final in Secaucus.... After falling in the final four times in the previous seven years, Lincoln became the first Jersey City public school to win a sectional title in girls basketball."
- NJSIAA Girls Basketball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- Administration, Lincoln High School. Accessed January 14, 2021.
- Yolanda Williams Page (January 30, 2007). Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers Two Volumes - 2 Volumes. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 23–25. ISBN 978-0-313-33429-0. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
- McCall, Tris. "Joe Budden to headline rare Stone Pony hip-hop show", The Star-Ledger, May 10, 2010. Accessed September 2, 2019. "'Even if I didn't try to make the music personal, emotional, if I started out trying to write something that wasn't like that, the pen would go in a totally different direction,' says Budden, who attended Lincoln High School in Jersey City."
- Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, 1976, p. 253. J.A. Fitzgerald, 1976. Accessed July 23, 2019. "Robert Burns, Dem., Hasbrouck Heights - Assemblyman Burns was born in Jersey City on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1926. He attended St. Patrick's School and Lincoln and Snyder High Schools in Jersey City and Seton Hall University, where he was graduated in 1955."
- Sibley, John. "Pioneering Hospital Director Florence Small Gaynor", The New York Times, February 10, 1971. Accessed September 17, 2020. "In the bleak years or the early thirties, at Lincoln High School in Jersey City, a black girl named Florence Small let herself dream of a career in nursing, an all but unreachable goal."
- Hague, Jim. "Tasty Tidbits", The Hudson Reporter, August 10, 2001. Accessed October 22, 2013. "Reports out of Giants' camp in Albany have Jersey City's Anthony Green holding his own, as he tries to crack the Big Blue roster as a fullback. Green, the former Lincoln High product who went on to West Virginia, has impressed Giants' coaches with his ability to block and his ability to catch passes out of the backfield."
- Frank Joseph Guarini, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed May 29, 2007.
- "Johnny Macknowski statistics". Basketball. Just Sports Stats. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
- Amdur, Neil. "Sports; And Now They Play The Game of Politics", The New York Times, May 7, 1978. Accessed September 2, 2019. "Mr. Mays calls his experience in the Assembly, where he is a member of the Education and Judicial Committees, 'new schooling.' He is listening and learning, he says, but he has not changed his style from his competitive days at Lincoln High School in Jersey City or at Maryland State College."
- O'Gorman, George. "O'Gorman: Garden State home to plenty of NFL stars", The Trentonian, November 29, 2009. Accessed December 30, 2011. "Trying to shut down Drew Brees and the 10-0 Saints tomorrw will be Brandon McGowan of Lincoln/Jersey City who has 50 solo tackles among the 63 he's made in the Patriot secondary."
- Robb, Adam. "'Jersey Girls' authors to sign copies of book with Hudson flavor tomorrow in Newark", The Jersey Journal, June 8, 2011. Accessed December 30, 2011. "Another Hall of Fame local girl made good, Broadway actress Phyllis Newman was a Jersey City native and Lincoln High School graduate, and a reminder there's a long history of celebrated theatrical talent born in the region."
- Bernie Parmalee, database Football. Accessed January 3, 2008.
- Haines, Helen E. "What's in a Novel", p. 690. Accessed December 26, 2017. "Philip Van Doren Stern was born in the town of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, the son of Isadore Ullman and Anne (Van Doren) Stern. He attended grade school and Lincoln High School in Jersey City; was graduated in 1924 from Rutgers with a Litt. B. degree and later awarded an honorary degree (Litt. D., 1940) from the same university for work in Lincolniana and American history."
- Hall, Bill. "Athlete of Year Aron Stewart Brings Prestige to UR Sports", The Collegian, April 27, 1973. Accessed December 14, 2015.
- Obituary of George F. Tardiff, Legacy.com. Accessed January 16, 2020. "George F. Tardiff 'Coach', Brick, N.J. 75, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2012 at Ocean Medical Center at Brick, after a short illness. Born in Jersey City in 1936, he was a standout football player at Lincoln High School, Jersey City, NJ, St. Benedict's, Atchinson, KS ('59) and for Buffalo Bills Training Camp (60), American Football League."
- Gribbins, J. Joseph. Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, Volume 197, Parts 1-2, p. 211. J.A. Fitzgerald, 1976. "Senator Tumulty was born in Jersey City Oct. 1, 1914. He was graduated from Lincoln High School, Jersey City; from Columbia University with a degree of bachelor of arts; ad from Fordham University with a law degree."