Class of 1972 Centennial Council Ring Dedication

Class of 1972 Centennial Council Ring Dedication
Posted on 08/27/2022
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On August 27, 2022, the Lincoln High School Class of 1972 held a dedication ceremony for the Centennial Council Ring located in front of the school's natatorium. The class raised close to $46,000 to complete the gift in commemoration of their 50th class reunion and the 100th anniversary of LHS.


The brick seating structure offers an outdoor gathering space for students that honors Lincoln High Schools' history.


The original council ring was also located in front of the school natatorium but was removed when it fell into disrepair. Many alumni remember sitting and waiting for the pool to open and some teachers holding classes there. It was designed by landscape architect Jens Jensen who also designed the Lincoln High School campus.
The Class of 1972 gift committee also had three red flowering crab trees planted to frame the seating.


During her speech at the dedication ceremony, Peggy Zankle Krey credits classmate, Jill Barta Chadek for her vision “Jill presented the idea of donating something memorable to the school that we all love as classes before us have done.” Peggy goes on to talk about how the idea for the Council Ring came about, “When Principal Lee Thennes told us it would be nice to have an outdoor classroom, we decided to have a council ring constructed similar to the one that was here in the same spot years ago.”


Krey finished her speech with the meaning behind the council ring plaque, “The words inscribed on the centennial council ring beautifully capture our purpose for this space and our hopes for its future.” A plaque fixed to the brick of the council ring reads “The class of 1972 in commemoration of their 50th reunion and of the 100th anniversary of Lincoln High School, gifts this ring as a gathering place for conversation, song, storytelling, dance, learning, and inspiration. A place to be seen and heard”


Lincoln High School Principal Lee Thennes looks back on one of his first meetings with the Class of 1972, “The folks came in and said we’d like to do something special. From the start, what I was so impressed with was their commitment to wanting to do something that was going to last, that would be something that connects to our past and our future.” Thennes admired the alumni class for their commitment to their community,  “I am always amazed at the level of engagement and generosity that our past Ships give to our community and to our school. We are humbled and honored to accept this gift on behalf of all of our students and staff of Lincoln High School who are here now, who have been here in the past, and who will join us in the future.” Addressing the class of 1972, "On behalf of the students and staff of Lincoln High School both past and present I would like to sincerely thank you for your generosity and love that you've shown to your alma mater, Lincoln High School.”


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