History

A Great Tower Shines Forth Like a Lighthouse

Lincoln High tower from the inside looking out
Photo courtesy of Bill Pohlmann Fine Art Photography

On a chilly Monday morning, January 25, 1924, 925 students began classes at Manitowoc Lincoln High School, newly built on scenic Roeff’s Hill along the shores of Lake Michigan.

The new school, with its Gothic-style architecture on 19 acres designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen, was the pride of Manitowoc, Edward Ehlert wrote in “The History of Manitowoc’s Secondary Schools.”

The day before the school opened, an article in the Sunday edition of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said: “A massive pile it is, dominating the entire city of some 19,500 residents, perched on the top of the highest prominence overlooking the lake at the southern extremity of the city and visible for miles to the southward and westward. A great tower, illuminated at night with indirect lighting, shines forth like a lighthouse over land and lake.”

Former Wisconsin Gov. Francis E. McGovern said at the time that the new high school “reminded him of the tower of the Cathedral at Antwerp,” a massive Roman Catholic church in the Belgium port city in Europe, according to the Journal Sentinel.

In 2017 Architectural Digest called Manitowoc Lincoln the most beautiful public school in Wisconsin, noting its “ornate, Gothic-style tower which can only be climbed during special tours.”

As Lincoln celebrates its 100 year anniversary over the next year, MPSD wants to honor the rich traditions, programs and people at the home of the Shipbuilders (Ships). If you would like to help with celebrating or planning events, please fill out this form: bit.ly/MPSDEventForm.
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Everyday at the Campions School is like a blessing with the active students and talented staff members around.
Jonathan Doe — Headmaster
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Mission Statement
Our mission at Champion school is to develop the unique abilities and potential of each child by offering an enriched educational program. We strive for excellence through a hands-on approach. Rich traditions rooted in our innovative curriculum grow productive, caring, and intellectually curious citizens.
Our Core Values
We have a culture that is modern, relevant, and inspires students to have a brighter future. We are determined in our approach to learning, are creative in our thinking, and bold in our ambitions.
Our Philosophy
We, at Champion School, follow a child-centered educational approach. We make sure that it is based on scientific observations from birth to adulthood. We believe that a child is naturally curious and is capable of initiating learning in a supportive and thoughtfully prepared environment.

1918

Plan to Build New School

School board resolves to build new high school.

1918

1919

Land Chosen

Roeff’s Hill property purchased for new high school

1919

1922

Designs Finalized

February 18: Plans are approved

June 16: Contractors signed

1922

1924

School Built

January: Construction complete

January 16: Basketball game with Sheboygan in “old” gymnasium

January 25: School officially opened to students

Fall: School grounds completed

1924

1930

Natatorium

Pool addition added

1930

1932

Enrollment Rising

Beginning with the 1932-1933 school year, half of the freshmen began attending Wilson Junior High until 1937-1938 when Washington Junior High also was opened up to freshmen.

1932

1938

Freshman leave Lincoln

All 9th grade students in Manitowoc’s public schools began attending their freshmen year at Washington and Wilson Junior High Schools.

1938

1942

Renovations

West wing, third floor was added

1942

1955

Renovations

Library wing first floor, music wing and cafeteria were built

1955

1956

Auditorum

Auditorium was renovated

1956

1961

JFK P.E. Space

An addition was added to the library wing second and third floor, the J.F.K. physical education unit, and girls locker room.

1961

1983

Technology

Technology education wing was built

1983

1996-1999

Capital Referendum

Voters approve a $15 million restoration and 50,000 sq. ft. addition

1996-1999

2000

Auditorium

$1.65 million auditorium project was completed

2000

2011

MSPD Centennial

100-year anniversary of creation of the Manitowoc Public School District

2011

2019

Freshmen Return to Lincoln

The 2019-2020 school year welcomed freshman back to the halls of Lincoln for the first time since 1937.

2019

2022

Centennial Council Ring

Class of 1972 held dedication for the Centennial Council Ring located in front of the school’s natatorium

2022

2023

Construction Anniversary

100-year anniversary of construction of the new school, called Lincoln High

2023

2024

100th Graduating Class

100-year anniversary of the first graduating class of Lincoln High

2024