Abraham Lincoln High School
3201 Ryan Avenue


United States
Coordinates40°02′39″N 75°02′31″W / 40.04418°N 75.04191°W / 40.04418; -75.04191
TypePublic High School
MottoWith Malice Towards None
School districtSchool District of Philadelphia
CEEB code393205
PrincipalJack Nelson [1]
Faculty90.80 (on an FTE basis)[2]
Grades912, with Pre-K Day Care[3]
Enrollment1,661 (2017–18)[2]
 • Grade 9575[2]
 • Grade 10405[2]
 • Grade 11334[2]
 • Grade 12308[2]
 • Pre-kindergarten39[2]
Student to teacher ratio18.29[2]
Hours in school day7
Campus typeUrban
MascotAbraham Lincoln, The Railsplitter
Team nameRail Splitters

Abraham Lincoln High School, a public school located in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its main entrance is located at Ryan and Rowland Avenues. The principal is Jack Nelson.

It serves Mayfair, Holmesburg, and Torresdale.[4]


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.

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, softball, bowling 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[5] to ensure that all students are provided a safe school environment.


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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.[6]

School uniforms

Students wear school uniforms.[7] Students wear a gold, white or black polo shirt and any sort of black pants.

Popular culture

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 patterns

Feeder middle schools and K-8 schools into Lincoln:[8]

Feeder elementary schools:[4]



  1. ^ "Abraham Lincoln High School". The School District of Philadelphia. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Lincoln HS". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Who we are". Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2011. Four of the staff are listed as "Day Care"
  4. ^ a b "Abraham Lincoln High School Geographic Boundaries Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine." School District of Philadelphia. Retrieved on December 10, 2016.
  5. ^ "Philadelphia Police Department" Philadelphia Police department. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  6. ^ Loftus, John (2015-01-28). "Changes in the classroom". Northeast Times. Archived from the original on 2015-08-01. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  7. ^ "Dress Code/School Uniform Archived April 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine." Abraham Lincoln High School. Retrieved on March 21, 2009.
  8. ^ "High School Directory Fall 2017 Admissions" (Archive). School District of Philadelphia. p. 42/70. Retrieved on December 10, 2016.
  9. ^ Bradley, Rich (January 15, 1992). "Brenner, 44, Succumbs to Brain Tumor". Philadelphia Daily News.