LHS Pillars

 The City


Lincoln, the State Capitol of Nebraska, has an approximate population of 280,000. It is the home of the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Union College, Southeast Community College, and several private vocational- technical schools. The business of the city centers on government, education, insurance, banking, and light industry.




Lincoln High School was founded in 1871 and is the oldest of the six public comprehensive high schools in the city. The building was opened in 1915 with major additions completed in 1927, 1957, 1985, 1996, and 2010. In over 140 years of community service, more than 40,000 students have graduated from LHS. The school colors are red and black and the mascot is the “Links”.




Lincoln High school serves approximately 2300 students in grades 9 through 12. One-third of all the students live outside the Lincoln High attendance area and have chosen to attend Lincoln High. It has 135 certified staff members; over half have advanced degrees.  Lincoln High also has 70 support staff members who help with the operation of the building each day.




Lincoln High School is accredited by the North Central Association and is accredited by the
Nebraska State Department of Education.


Courses and Programs


Lincoln High School offers over 200 courses in 12 different departments. Programs are available for students who plan to attend college and those who want to join the work force. LHS provides Tech Prep courses and students also may take college courses on the university and community college campuses. LHS serves students with almost every level of special education handicap as well as gifted students, and students with limited English speaking ability. Special programs exist for students who are parents and have children of their own in the Student Child Learning Center. The SCIP program is a support system for students who have problems with substance abuse. There is a student assistance team as well as tutoring for students who need special help. Some students are able to spend part of their day at the Arts & Humanities Focus School, the Science Focus School or The Career Academy.


International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme


The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is a challenging two year curriculum for Juniors and Seniors. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.  Students in grades 9 & 10 can select Pre IB classes to prepare them for their Junior and Senior Year. Lincoln High School was named an IB school in 2008.  LHS is one of only two high schools in Nebraska to be named an IB School.


Student Demographics  


The student body is made up of 46% European American, 11% African American, 10% Asian American, 22% Hispanic American, and 1% Native American students. Over 60% of Lincoln High Students qualify for Free or Reduced lunch. LHS has about 200 students in ELL (English Language Learner) classes. The LHS student body speaks at least twenty different languages. The largest groups speak Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, and Karen.


Test Scores


Most students in Nebraska take the ACT for college admission. Of the 2011 LHS graduates of LHS, 243 took the ACT and 45 took the SAT. The mean composite score for LHS graduates who took the ACT Assessment during their junior or senior year was 23. The mean SAT scores for the 2011 LHS seniors who took the SAT during their high school years were 590 reading, and 587 math.


Credits and Grading  


The school uses a two semester system with a few quarter courses offered. Students receive 5 credits for a semester class and 2.5 credits for a quarter class. Each semester class has about 90 school days and each class meets daily for 50 minutes. Most students  take seven classes each day.  Parents can access grades on-line.


Grading Scale  


Grades are awarded on the following scale:


A (90-100)   = 4                C (70-74)        = 2                  INC   = Incomplete

B+ (85-89)   = 3.5             D+ (65-69)     = 1.5               CON  = Conditional

B (80-84)     = 3                D (60-64)        = 1                  S        = Satisfactory

C+ (75-79)   = 2.5             F (Below 60)  = 0                  U       = Unsatisfactory

                                                                                         W      = Withdrew


The cumulative grade point average and class rank are recomputed at the end of each semester. The Class of 2015 and after will need 245 credits. Designated courses are given additional weight because of the rigor of the course. (for example A=5, B+=4.5, etc.) Students need to pass a graduation demonstration in math, reading, and writing.


Official Transcript  


An official Lincoln High School transcript is a copy of the student’s confidential cumulative scholarship record. It is printed official and stamped, dated, and signed as necessary. Authorized recipients of a transcript may not release any information unless they have obtained prior written consent of the parent or the student if the student is of legal age.




Lincoln High School integrates technology into many classes using both Macintosh and PC platforms in over a dozen labs. All classrooms and labs are wired for Internet access. Computers in much of the building can be connected wirelessly. Students can take classes in computer programming, multimedia presentations, web page programming, desktop publishing, computer aided drafting, electronics, graphic communication, and journalism. Many individual classroom computers with Internet access are available.


To view a PDF of the school profile, please click here.