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Lincoln High: Then And Now

This report and others in this series were made possible by The Wallace Foundation, The Principal Story project, and the Knowledge Center.

1950's: Opening its doors to high school students in the 1950's, Lincoln High School originally served a predominately white neighborhood.

Lincoln High was established as a high school in southeast San Diego in 1955.

San Diego Historical Society

Above: Lincoln High was established as a high school in southeast San Diego in 1955.

1950's: Built shortly after the end of World War II, the original campus had a basement that could serve as a fall-out shelter.

1960's: At the center of San Diego's Civil Rights Movement, Lincoln High School had a student population that was 80 percent African-American by 1969.

The student population was 80 percent African-American by 1969, at was at the center of Civil Rights discussions.

San Diego Historical Society, Union-Tribune collection

Above: The student population was 80 percent African-American by 1969, at was at the center of Civil Rights discussions.

1968: Tensions rose in the late 60's, and the school closed after being vandalized and students walked out for 10 days.

Vandalism at Lincoln High School closed down the school in 1968 as tensions rose during the Civil Rights Movement.

San Diego Historical Society, Union-Tribune Collection

Above: Vandalism at Lincoln High School closed down the school in 1968 as tensions rose during the Civil Rights Movement.

1969: Dr. Ernest Hartzog, the first African-American high school principal in San Diego County, took leadership of Lincoln High after an unprecedented student walkout.

Students present essays to Dr. Ernest Hartzog, the first African-American principal in San Diego.

San Diego Historical Society, Union-Tribune Collection

Above: Students present essays to Dr. Ernest Hartzog, the first African-American principal in San Diego.

1970's: In the 70's, the school became the birthplace of several nationally recognized all-star athletes, including football legend Marcus Allen, who was inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame the same year the original Lincoln High School campus was demolished in 2003.

Pro-football player Marcus Allen is a Lincoln High School Alumnae.

Above: Pro-football player Marcus Allen is a Lincoln High School Alumnae.

2003: The Imperial Avenue campus was torn down in 2003, and replaced with modern structures that rival some small college campuses. The new Lincoln High School cost the district $129 million.

The new Lincoln High School campus on Imperial Avenue in southeast San Diego.

Above: The new Lincoln High School campus on Imperial Avenue in southeast San Diego.

Opening its doors again in 2007, students and faculty feel the improved campus offer students hope and equality in education.

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