It has been about 15 years since anyone has played tennis or any other games on the courts notched into a hillside at Lincoln High School. The surface is littered with dirt and debris, the tennis court nets and standards are long gone and basketball backboards – installed in later years – have no rims and are marked with with gun shot holes. But, on Saturday, March, 24, a tennis court clean up organized by the Kenny Washington Foundation will attempt to clean up the century-old courts as part of an effort to renovate the athletic fields and courts on the Lincoln Heights campus.
“Currently Lincoln High School has no outdoor basketball courts, no tennis courts, no volleyball courts, and no baseball/softball facilities,” said Stephen Sarinana-Lampson President Kenny Washington Stadium Foundation. “At the end of the day, there is nothing for current students in P.E. classes at Lincoln High School to do except walk around a non-regulation track or play inside in a girls gym that is seriously antiquated.”
Sarinana-Lampson said Saturday’s clean up, which is open to community volunteers, will involve removing about a ton of dirt, sweeping and cleaning the court surfaces, paint backboards trim surrounding foliage and painting the basketball backboards and perhaps install a rim or two. In addition to supporting the school’s athletic facilities, restoring the tennis courts would also improve a piece of the school’s history.
“These courts date back to the original school and were created with funds completely generated by the students at Twenty-First Avenue Intermediate School before the new Lincoln High School was opened on September 15, 1913,” said Sarinana-Lampson. ” They are truly a part of our school’s historical legacy.”
Principal Jose F. Torres said there is plenty of interest in rebuilding the courts but money is tight. “At this time the District is awaiting for funding so that these facilities can be renovated or build new ones,” Torres said.
The Courts at Lincoln High Clean-up
Saturday, March 24, 2012
8 am – 2 pm Site Clean-up
10 am Introduction of Special Guests and Site History
Lunch and refreshments provided.