Lincoln Elementary School

Lincoln School began as Primary No. 2, Alice Street School, a two-room school built in 1865. Through a number of reconstructions and relocations, Lincoln school has served Chinatown students for well over a century.

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Location: 10th Street between Alice Street & Jackson Street



Lincoln Elementary School in 1910.
(from "The Chinese of Oakland: Unsung Builders"
by Eve Armentrout Ma and Jeong Huei Ma, p. 56)

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"Our class of 1936 took this picture (on the right) in front of the old Lincoln School building which used to front on Alice St. I'm on the top row, first one on the left.

Raymond Aymeric, January 2009

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"I was at Lincoln School during the 1930's. My favorite subject was history.

Alicia Chew


(audio only)
"We're going to meet after school, and I'm going to beat your butt!"

Maria Rivera Yip

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"Sometimes when we had free time, the boys at least would go to Lincoln Square to play ball or have firecracker wars.

William Wong



"We would play three ball games a day. That's what we did all the time. It didn't matter that the lot at Lincoln School was fenced. We just climbed over the fence.

Ted Dang

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"We had traffic boys on the four corners at Lincoln School. All the girls were complaining because they wanted to be traffic girls. In the late 60's, they finally started having traffic girls.

Darlene Lee



"When I was at Lincoln School, I volunteered my mom during election time to pass out these flyers for some measure. She took me, and we walked for three hours around the neighborhood. I never volunteered again.

Sherlyn Chew

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"The Junk Boat project is symbolic for Chinatown and for Lincoln School to do something for the young people."

Henry Chang

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KEY:     Before 1945               Between 1946-65            Between 1966-99               2000 to present