Dear Abraham Lincoln Community, Family and Friends,
I am honored to introduce myself to the community as the principal of Abraham Lincoln High School. As a San Francisco native and a graduate of the San Francisco Unified School District from kindergarten through high school, I feel that I respect the rich history and traditions that make Lincoln so distinctive among schools. I have been a teacher and administrator in the district for 15 years, and I am starting my fifth year at Lincoln.
I strongly believe that Abraham Lincoln High School is one of the finest public, urban, comprehensive high schools in the state of California. I also believe that we must continue to have the highest expectations for all of our students and deliver the high quality of instruction that allows students to achieve academic and personal success.
I agree with San Francisco Unified School District Superintendant Carlos Garcia that the achievement gap between our various student groups is one of the greatest civil rights challenges facing our country. Lincoln High School is well equipped to meet these challenges through the expertise of our instructors, the strength of our programs, and the commitment of our community; students, staff, parents, alumni and our surrounding neighborhood, to building a truly outstanding institution that meets the needs of all our young people.
I look forward to working with the students and the entire Abraham Lincoln High School community.
Barnaby O. Payne, Principal
Abraham Lincoln High School