Lincoln Junior High School

2131 12th Avenue North

Where Prince met André Cymone

Prince attended his neighborhood school, John Hay Elementary (demolished), until the end of third grade (1964-1967). For his fourth grade year in 1967-1968, his family enrolled him in a voluntary program that bussed him to Kenwood Elementary School, which was located in a predominantly white neighborhood four miles south. Prince returned to John Hay for fifth grade (1968-1969) and then moved next door to Lincoln Junior High School. That’s where he met André Cymone, who would become a friend and critical musical collaborator. Cymone later remembered: “I didn’t know anybody then, literally. Mr. Lee, who was the gym teacher, gave you your schedule and said, ‘Stand against the wall.’ And I’ll never forget it, because I looked along the wall and there was like, I don’t know, 40, 50 people . . . and I just didn’t know anybody. And I finally saw this one guy, and I thought he looked interesting . . . like somebody I could probably hang out with. So I went and stood next to him….I said, ‘Hey, man, how you doing? I’m André.’ He says he’s Prince. I said, ‘Prince. OK. What are you into?’ He says, ‘I play music.’ I said, ‘That’s interesting. I play music too.’ He said, ‘Oh.’” André soon joined Prince and Charles's band as the bass player.

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Lincoln Junior High School, 1963

Lincoln Junior High School, 1963

Lincoln Junior High School, 1963. | Source: Photo credit: Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN. View File Details Page

Prince Nelson (at bottom left), age ten, in his 5th grade yearbook photo from John Hay Elementary School, 1968-1969

Prince Nelson (at bottom left), age ten, in his 5th grade yearbook photo from John Hay Elementary School, 1968-1969

Prince Nelson (at bottom left), age ten, in his 5th grade yearbook photo from John Hay Elementary School, 1968-1969. His cousin Denise Smith, Charles Smith™s sister, sits behind him. | Source: Photo credit: Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN. View File Details Page

Kenwood Elementary School, 1961.

Kenwood Elementary School, 1961.

Kenwood Elementary School, 1961. Prince attended 4th grade here as part of a voluntary school transportation plan. | Source: Photo credit: Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN. View File Details Page

Street Address:

2131 12th Avenue North [map]

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Kirsten Delegard, Michael Lansing and Kristen Zschomler, “Lincoln Junior High School,” Augsburg Digi-Tours, accessed September 20, 2019, http://digitours.augsburg.edu/items/show/24.

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