Lincoln High School (New Jersey)

Lincoln High School (New Jersey)

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 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. 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 includes private and parochial high schools in Hudson County. The league operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 682 students in grades 10–12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015–16 school year as Central Jersey, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 498 to 756 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 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 fifth-most among public high schools.

The football team won the NJSIAA North I Group III state sectional championships in 1981. 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 girls basketball team won the North II, Group II sectional championship in 2019 with a 44 - 41 win over Secaucus High School. 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 over Collingswood High School with an 88–70 victory.


Core members of the school's administration include:

  • Chris Gadsden, Principal
  • Wendy Ronquillo, Vice Principal
  • Natasha Walker, Vice Principal

Notable alumni

  • 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.


External links

  • Lincoln High School
  • Jersey City Public Schools
  • Report Card's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
  • School Data for the Jersey City Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics

Lincoln High School (New Jersey)

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