“Each class had a committee and came up a different names, and the class voted on the name,” said Gilbert Moreno, Class of Summer 1964, otherwise known as the Aristotelians. Students from each class would gather in front of the auditorium as the plaques and a time capsule were installed, he said. Most of those time capsules have been removed, according to former students and employees.
While current students may not know or care what the plaques are about, Robert Granados (Emancipators, Summer 1962) said they serve as important reminders of school history. In fact, a few years ago, replicas of the some of the plaques that had been removed were recreated and put in place by the auditorium steps,said Granados, who serves as historian for the Lincoln High School Alumni Association.
“I thought it was a wonderful tradition,” said Granados, who still lives in Lincoln Heights with his wife, Genevieve, who is also an Emancipator. “It’s a permanent legacy. It says “I was here.'”