LHS History

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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 and dubbed the Palace of Learning with major additions completed in 1927, 1957, 1985, 1996, and 2010. In 2017, Lincoln High was named the most Beautiful High School in Nebraska by Architectural Digest magazine. In over 145 years of classes, more than 50,000 students have graduated from LHS. Lincoln High honors past alumni through its Distinguished Alumni program. Notable Alumni include Ted Sorensen, Dick Cavett and countless others. The school colors are RED and BLACK, and the mascot is the “Links”.


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LHS At-a-Glance (2018-2019)


  • Total Students – 2,528
  • IB Students (Including Pre-IB) – 687
  • ELL Students – 313
  • Birth Countries – 49
  • Home Languages – 42
  • Student Clubs & Organizations – 46
  • After School Clubs & Programs – 36
  • Students who have attended an after school club / program – 1,513
  • Students Participating in at least one sport or school activity – 687
  • Students involved in our student-led Coffee Shop – 20
  • Certified Staff – 185
  • Support Staff – 65
  • 2017 NE Teacher of the Year
    Amber Vlasnik (Math)
  • 2019 NE Teacher of the Year
    Sydney Jensen (English)

LHS: School of Opportunity

LHS was named a School of Opportunity in 2017 by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado-Boulder—one of only eight high schools in the country. NEPC evaluates schools on 10 possible criteria. As part of the comprehensive evaluation, recognized schools went through a six-phase review process that included a self-assessment: criterion based and holistic reviews by school district and university experts, as well as past awardees; and site visits by project evaluators. In its final assessment of LHS, NEPC said: “Diversity and unity drive a culture of support and academic challenge in a school where everyone…finds a place to belong.” #GOLINKS 

TRADITION | DIVERSITY | EXCELLENCE | UNITY

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