From Futurians to Pharaohs, classes of the past left their mark on Lincoln High

[portfolio_slideshow id=31215  autoplay=false portfolio_slideshow carousel=false portfolio_slideshow carouselsize=7 ] One of the traditions that has come and gone from  Lincoln High School was the selection of a name for every graduating class. That tradition has not been honored at the Lincoln Heights school, which opened nearly a century ago, for decades but memories of those past classes and their names can be found under foot in front of the school auditorium. Here, embedded in concrete, metal plaques, oxidized and worn smooth over the years, bear the class names and insignias selected by previous generations of Lincoln High students: The Aristocrats (Winter 1960), The Futurians (Summer 1966) and The Aztecs (Summer 1970).  More than 30 years of classes, from 1953 (The Mercurians) to 1975 (The Valedictorians) are represented.

“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.'”


  1. This so kicks butt over my high school, whose classes were individualized solely by mascots. Mine was Gumby, dammit. So ashamed.

  2. I want to be a Telesthesian.

  3. Stephen Sarinana-Lampson

    In a bit of irony, my Mom’s class was the first to place a plaque in front of the school auditorium in 1953. My class was the last to do so in 1975. Sadly this wonderful tradition ended by the perfect storm of a school administration that allow this (and many other LHS traditions) to fall by the wayside and the permanent closure of the school’s metal shop where each year students would create and cast their class plaque. To go back to school today and see our class plaque revives the many memories of the day we originally put it in place a long time ago.

  4. I thought most, if not all High Schools did this back in my day. I went to San Fernando High (Valparisians, S’64). We also had a class color for our senior sweaters, a class ring and a class “pin” worn on a chain around the neck. One class a year or so ahead of ours was punished by the removal of their plaque from the Auditorium forecourt, after a group of them splattered tangerine paint on the building the night of their graduation. I know the tradition continued as long as my brother’s class 3 years after mine, but don’t know if it’s still done now.

  5. Ruth Arenas Hernandez

    we have more photos of all plaques and the “un-earthing” of all plaques when the Ethel Percy Andrus Theatre was refurbished a few years ago . . . the “memorbelia” uncovered are in the archives of the LHS Alumni Association – awaiting pick-up by class rep.

  6. Wait a minute – you are missing a small set of plaques from a few classes that are located in the senior court! We ran out of space!!! I know for a fact that the class of 1982 is back there – I was the class sponsor! These plaques are ceramic tiles and are back near Bungalow 4 (Wadsworth’s last home) in the Senior Court. Check it out!

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