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Looking back fondly at friends and classmates; less so on the leaky old structure and its many quirks.

CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO: JAMIE BIKALES - Raja Moreno, center, graduated from Lincoln High School in 2019. During his time as a student, he worked to pass the bond that would later fund the construction of the new building. As the years spent in the current Lincoln building come to an end, many alumni have been taking tours on Fridays. Their memories often are tied to the building that many spent four years of their lives in.

Jackson Keene graduated in 2018 from Lincoln and recently graduated from Redlands University. During his time at Lincoln he spent countless hours in the auditorium as a participant in many school productions. One of his favorite memories from his time spent in the auditorium was during technical week for "Grease," the first musical he was in.

"It was the first time that I got to be on that stage in the auditorium looking out … and really performing," he said.

Keene noted that despite the flaws of the Lincoln building, there were many attributes that proved useful. During his senior year, he couldn't go up and down stairs due to an injury.

"Since having experiences with different buildings at college that are not at all accessible or ADA approved, I think I'm really grateful that our high school had an elevator," said Keene, referencing the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. "There's definitely more work that we could do, but I'm still glad because some schools don't even have that."

Through much time spent in the auditorium, Keene believed some changes could be made to the space.

"I think it (the auditorium) could've been made a little more presentable, almost like a resource that (students) could use and that the community could use, too," Keene said.

Raja Moreno graduated from Lincoln in 2019 and recently finished his sophomore year at Yale University. During his sophomore year at Lincoln, he founded a Political Action Committee called Students Helping Organize Votes to Enhance Learning Spaces (SHOVELS) to pass the bond that eventually would pay for the new Lincoln building.

While he found that the Lincoln community functioned well in the small building, he also was aware of many issues with the building that students shouldn't have to endure.

"Principal (Peyton) Chapman was taking me around the school and showing me what was broken, and that was when I was first made aware that the sophomore women's bathroom was caved in and flooding into a dumpster," Moreno said. "And at that, I was, like, how is it possible that more or less half of the population of, like, the 700 people in this building have, like, basically one and a half to two bathrooms like this is ridiculous."

Although Moreno's time at Lincoln was full of good memories, the building wasn't necessarily the reason for them.

Moreno recalls happy memories in that building. "But really, really due to the people. And so I don't feel terribly sad about getting a new building," he said. "In fact, if they allowed me to swing a sledgehammer and help knock it down, I would."

Jasmine Sells was a 2021 graduate. She played varsity volleyball at Lincoln and now attends Washington University in St. Louis. No matter how old and dilapidated the building was, she still has many positive memories from the space, a common sentiment for many Lincoln alumni.

"I always loved the assemblies in the gym," Sells said. "We were so overcrowded, but they were really fun. And when we rode the roller coaster, we're all really close to each other, so you could feel every movement."

Similar to Moreno, Sells noted that the building's deterioration was upsetting and did not make for an ideal learning environment.

"I think that the building being old honestly added some character," she said. "But also, no one's gonna miss the leaking."

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