Lincoln High School
Abraham Lincoln High School was completed in 1923 and remains the largest high school in the state of Iowa. The institution was a response to the rapid growth of Des Moines' South Side in the early 1900s and opened with capacity for about 1300 students in 55 classrooms. It boasted several modern science labs, a swimming pool, two gyms, special rooms designed for music and the arts, a cafeteria, and an auditorium. The building has been expanded and renovated several times in recent years, and now supports a student population of over two thousand. The most expensive project was in 1964 when athletic facilities were expanded, including the construction of a free-standing gymnasium known as the Roundhouse.
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