Two newsrooms celebrate: The last days of Lincoln High
Early this winter, the newsroom of the Portland Tribune reached out to the newsroom of The Cardinal Times — the student newspaper at Lincoln High School — and asked if the two staffs wanted to work together to remember the 1952 version of the school, which will be torn down this summer.
A brand new school is being built on the same land — opposite side of the lot — and will open this fall.
Below are links to our multi-part series, "The Last Days of Lincoln," which explores everything from tearful goodbyes to the school's history of student activism.
'Last Days of Lincoln' series:
• Lincoln Cardinals fly high, explores the many notable alumni which came from Lincoln High. By Tribune reporter Joseph Gallivan.
• Walter Cole, aka Darcelle, recalls old Lincoln High, sits down with noted Portland entertainer Darcelle, who graduated from the school in 1950. By Tribune reporter Jason Vondersmith.
• Recent Lincoln alumni reflect on years spent in building, looks back on the fond memories students have of Lincoln. By LHS students Savanna Kenney and Leela Moreno.
• Classmates reflect on the old building, written by LHS students Savanna Kenney and Leela Moreno, asks what school traditions (like the school's annual Color Wars competition) will look like moving forward.
• Lincoln through the lens, has student photographers documenting the quirky nature of the old building. By LHS students Morgan Miller and Mary Carney.
• Administration perspective on transition to the new building, LHS students Leela Moreno and Kate Haddon sit down with administrators to discuss Lincoln's future.
• Teachers reflect on their years in the old Lincoln building asks teachers how they feel about the end of Lincoln High. By LHS students Keira Saavedra and Sophia Halpern.
• In Last class from Lincoln's current building, graduating seniors look back at their time at Lincoln High. By LHS students Lia Althouse and Debyn McMillen.
• Immersed in art looks at Lincoln's many murals and art around the campus. By LHS students Camilla Correani and Elena Valdovinos.
• Those old parking lot blues..., has students asking whether Lincoln's famous parking woes will be solved with the new construction. By LHS students Skylar DeBose and Abby Yium.
• Lincoln has history of student activism showcases Lincoln's history of political protests. By Tribune reporter Jim Redden.
• Where in the world is Lincoln High School? looks back at the history of Lincoln, which has seen several campuses over the years. By the LHS Alumni Association
The original idea for the series came from Portland Tribune photojournalist Jaime Valdez.
Cate Bikales, editor in chief of The Cardinal Times, jumped at the opportunity. With the help of Leela Moreno — then co-print manager and the new editor in chief — they crafted a series of stories and photographs from their angle within the school, even as the Tribune began working on stories and photos from our angle, outside the school.
Lincoln High has always been more than just another Portland campus. Since being founded as Portland High School in 1869, it has occupied buildings in different parts of downtown, including what is now Lincoln Hall at Portland State University, before being relocated to its current Goose Hollow area campus.
The new school, which opens its doors this fall, is a multi-block development that includes a six-story high rise and adjacent athletic field.
As the city's longtime central high school, Lincoln has always drawn from every socio-economic strata. The student body is diverse. And activism has been at the heart of Lincoln since it was built.
It's alumni are among the most famous of all Portlanders, from former Oregon U.S. Sen. Richard Neuberger to "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, influential 20th century artist Mark Rothko, and Portland mayors Bud Clark and Ted Wheeler.
The stories have been collected online at PortlandTribune.com and at the cardinaltimes.org.
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