The Lincoln School - Simpsonville, KY USA 1967-1970
Online Since 2000
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In 1967, The Lincoln School was established. This was an
experimental school, funded by the State of Kentucky, operated by
the University of Kentucky. The Lincoln School was the first of its kind in the United
States. The premise was to have a nurturing educational environment for
gifted but economically deprived students.
It was a unique venture and ahead of it's time.
Considering that the school was operated in a state that had
traditionally been limited in the educational field, it was truly an
The faculty and staff were a diverse group selected from applicants all
over the world. Some were experienced teachers, for some Lincoln was their
first teaching position. All were knowledgeable, sincere and energetic. In
reality, most of the faculty learned as much from their students as the
students learned from them.
Over the course of three years, approximately 140 students attended The
Lincoln School. For various reasons, some left early. The maximum number
of students on campus at any one time was around 104. This made for
extremely small classes, thus more individual attention. This was a very
diverse student population. Some were black, some were white, one
was of Asian decent. Some were from inner city areas, some were from the
mountains of Eastern Kentucky. All had two things in common; all were poor
and all were gifted. In an era where racial conflict was rampant, these
students lived in near racial harmony. Laughing together, crying
together, learning together and forming a bond that would prove to
last a lifetime.
The school closed in 1970 due to political and economic pressure.
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