High on a hilltop, ‘mid sand and sea,
Abraham Lincoln, we will honor thee forever.
Thy sons and daughters, however long the trail,
Always will remember thee. Hail! Hail! Hail!


Abraham Lincoln High School, named after President Abraham Lincoln, was establish on August 27, 1940 in San Francisco, California. The institute was built because of the tremendous population growth in the city, so the citizens of San Francisco voted in favor of starting a new school. Lincoln High School began with 50 classrooms, a library, cafeteria, and a football field. Over the years, two gymnasiums and an auditorium have been added to the building to facilitate extracurricular activities. [3]

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ALHS on August 27, 1940 [1]

Admission to Abraham Lincoln High School is not solely an option for the elite, but rather promotes a diverse academic learning environment. Future students do not complete special auditions, applications, or tests for enrollment at Lincoln High School [3]. The admission board approaches the process on enrollment through a “diversity index,” which considers applicants’ socioeconomic background, their parents’ educational background, and academic achievement [3]. Lincoln High School approaches enrollment in this fashion with the goal of fostering a diverse environment of students. By doing this, the High School continues to carry out Abraham Lincoln’s legacy of promoting fairness, equality, and having a hospitable attitude towards people of different backgrounds, race, and socioeconomic status. Lincoln’s legacy is shown in the High School’s student/teacher demographics, where Latino, African-American, and Chinese students are greater in number that White Students. In fact, Chinese students make up 52.1% of the student/teacher population [3]. Lincoln is appropriately commemorated at Lincoln High School, where the majority of students are not originally descendants of white Americans, and their enrollment is appreciated and encouraged. Abraham Lincoln fought for African Americans and welcomed them into the Union. Lincoln fought for fairness, equality, and justice— this memory of Lincoln continues to live at Abraham Lincoln High School.



Abraham Lincoln High School acted as a safe haven for many students because the school’s doors opened during WWII. Many of the older students had to leave and fight in the war, leaving their family and friends behind. William Mason, a former student at LincolnHigh during the war, explained that “Lincoln was a place he felt familiar with” and “Lincoln High School was calm, even if it was during the war” [1]

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A photo of Williams Mason and his wife as students at ALHS [1]

AbrahamLincoln was a man who had an “ordinary person” demeanor. Most people saw him as a symbol of familiarity and someone they could relate to. For many, he was a symbol of safety, hope, and serenity. This image of Lincoln has continued to live through Abraham Lincoln High School, as they were a safe haven for many students during the war who watched their friends, brothers, and fathers leave for the war. William Mason recalls having to practice for war preparation drills by evacuating the building, however even during the chaos, the institute remained a place of safety [1]. William Mason also saw Abraham Lincoln High School as a place that brought people together, just like President Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War [1]. Mason actually met his wife at Lincoln high school and they dated through high school until marriage. [1]

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A picture from a ALHS year book in the 1970’s shows black and white students interacting in extracurriculars together. [3]

After the Civil Rights Act, Abraham Lincoln High School enrolled African American students at their institute. In Lincoln High School’s yearbook from the 1970’s, one can see pictures of White students interacting with African American students and African American Students holding positions of authority and holding membership to clubs and sports teams [3]. When segregation was implemented, many schools “tolerated” the African American students, but never gave them spotlight or encouraged their involvement in school activities. Abraham Lincoln High School carried out President Lincoln’s legacy of hospitality, grace, and equality by accepting them into their student body and encouraging their involvement and interaction with White students. [3]


The traditions and core beliefs of Abraham Lincoln High School accurately represent and remember Abraham Lincoln. Their mascot, which is the mustang, embodies the attributes of hardiness, grace, speed, and independence [2]. One can see these that these attributes guided President Abraham Lincoln’s actions from when he took office, until the day he was assassinated. Abraham Lincoln was a President who never took the easy option— he always took a stand on what he thought was right and just and went the great lengths to execute his plans. In fact, he sparked the bloodiest conflict in American history, the Civil War, because of his convictions. After the Civil War, he graciously welcomed the South to their side, despite how they opposed him. Abraham Lincoln High School “Lets Lincoln Live” through their enrollment procedures, diverse student body, acting as a safe haven, and bringing people together of all backgrounds. President Abraham Lincoln fought for independence and equality, however he was gracious to those who opposed him. This is the mission statement that Abraham Lincoln High School promotes in its community and among its student body, and continues to carry on the legacy and memory of Abraham Lincoln.



1) “Abraham Lincoln High School History Project.” Abraham Lincoln High School. http://www.alhsoralhistoryproject.org/word_press/home/lincoln-alumni-oral-histories/william-bill-mason/

2) “Abraham Lincoln High School; Mission Statement.” San Francisco Unified School District. http://www.lincolnhigh.net/schoolinfo/mission

3) “History of ALHS Overview.” San Francisco Unified School District. http://www.lincolnhigh.net/history




1 thought on “Abraham Lincoln High School

  1. Vlad Yefremov


    Overall, I like the post. There are a few grammatical errors, but I’m sure you can find them. I like that you showed the transition into a desegregated school, it mirrors Lincoln. However, I would try to eliminate some things like “Abraham Lincoln High School, named after President Abraham Lincoln.” I like the layout of your piece, with the pictures breaking up the text. I understand that there isn’t a lot of media concerning your site, so that’s ok. Overall, good job!

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