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The last graduating class says they built up lots of memories, stored in their antiquated building.

CARDINAL TIMES PHOTO - A list of some of the theatrical events that have graced the stage at the current Lincoln High School.Lincoln High School is nearing its final days in its current building. Next year, Lincoln students will start school in the new building, which is being built next to the current school. However, current seniors will graduate before being able to do so.

Many Lincoln seniors have mixed feelings about being the last class to graduate from the current building.

"I'm happy to be part of the last class of 2022 (in the current building)," said Isabel Hanchett, senior. "I feel a little sad that I won't get to be in the new building, but I like the old one. And since we're the 150th class, it's nice that we're the last seniors to graduate from this building."

Hanchett was a member of the Lincoln girls' soccer team for all four years of high school. Lincoln's field was demolished in 2020 to build the new Lincoln on top of it. Consequently, the team had to use various fields such as Rieke Elementary School, Ida B. Wells High School, and Delta Park for home fields.

"It was difficult to have a different time and location almost every day," she said.

"I also think we had fewer fans than we would have otherwise because the games were frequently at far-away fields."

Other Lincoln seniors have been impacted by Lincoln.

Senior Lily O'Mahony, a member of the Lincoln Theater Department, has noticed how the old age of the school has impacted the quality of theater equipment.

"The stage itself has some run-down things about it because it's (so) old," she said. "The seats in the auditorium are super old and most of them are broken."

However, the old theater does have its charms.

"What's unique about the Lincoln auditorium is how it has an 'old theater' feel to it," she said. "I feel grateful to be a part of something as old as Lincoln theater where there are many generations before ours that performed in that same theater," O'Mahony said.

Sam Green, another member of the Lincoln Theater Department as well as a member of the Lincoln Chamber Choir, agreed with O'Mahony about the theatre, adding that its size could be an issue.

"I have to admit, there is very little I think I will miss about the current auditorium in a strictly technical sense," he said. "We have to use the choir room as a break room and the stage itself is small with very little backstage space."

One part of the school Green will miss is the courtyard, and his time spent there as an underclassman.

"I ate lunch there all throughout my freshman and sophomore years and I think it's just a very beautiful place … that's something nice that can never be replaced."

Overall, though, he is hopeful that the new building will be an improvement to the current one.

"From all the photos I've seen and what teachers have told me, it seems to be a definite step up. It seems like it will be a very nice place."

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