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•   Raymond (Dewey) Larson  3/4
•   E. Kay Stuertz  3/4
•   David E. Burk  3/8
•   Ken Haar  3/10
•   Annie Laurie Whitmer (Schapmann)  3/10
•   Katherine Scarlett Zade (Horn)  3/10
•   Sarah Strauss (Keller)  3/12
•   John H. Pabst  3/15
•   Biff Pfeiff  3/15
•   Troy E. Cleveland  3/17
•   Robert A. Marker, Jr.  3/17
•   Karen Heckman (Stork)  3/18
•   Teresa M. David (Kugrens)  3/19
•   David E. Rathjen  3/21
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•   Sharon Kay Potts (Buskirk)  12/7
•   Nancy E. Huff (Green)  11/30
•   Nancy E. Stark  11/11
•   Steven F. Bassler  11/11
•   Gene A. Schwenke  10/11
•   Gloria J. Kowrack (Schmidt)  9/29
•   Gayle G. Anderson (Masarie)  8/24
•   Sarah Strauss (Keller)  8/3
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Welcome to the Official LHS Class of 1961 Website

Since 2009 - over 178,000 Site Visits

Important Notice About Site Security

Recently you may have seen notices at the top of web pages on our site telling you that our site was "not secure".  These messages were generated by the web browser you were using to navigate the net.  All browsers (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Explorer, etc.) have joined together to provide more uniform settings to keep users safe. From the beginning we knew that privacy was at the top of your list of features which is why we bought into a company that allowed us to "lock" our individual pages so they have always been secure in that regard. Now the company offers "Secure Certification" for the entire site that is part of our "domain name" contract at the cost of $175 for 5 years. Now when you move about the site, you will not see "site not secure" signs. Also you will see a locked padlock in front of the web address for each page on our site.  There is a separate page for each person in our class, as well as pages and sub pages for each tab on the home page, at total of over 750 pages on our site--all safe and secure.


On March 1, 2021 the State of Nebraska became 154 years old.  From Bison to Bryan and Carson to Carhenge, check out these 50 Nebraska Icons collected by the Lincoln Jr. Star to honor Statehood Day.  Click here.


Gold's Department Store Plan shows 180 new apartments. Click here for LJS article and details.


Sadly word has come to us from Velana Tegley, wife of Tom, that Rita Aguilar Cook died on December 27, 2020. Velana is a high school friend of Rita's sister. Cathy Stump Rauch has started an "In Memory" page for Rita that hopefully will be filled in with more details in coming days. Click here and please keep checking back. Our '61 class condolences go to Rita's family and friends.


Joseph "Joe" Garland Huffman died January 23, 2021 in Lincoln. Click here for his "In Memory" page that contains his LJS obituary and funeral arrangements. "He was always mechanically inclined and could fix just about anything. He souped up cars and even raced stock cars in his youth."


Gerry W. Cullen died November 6, 2020. His wife Laura requested to be added as a guest to the site so condolences may be sent to her by posting comments on Gerry's "In Memory" page.  Click here  The Class of 1961 sends our deepest sympathies to Laura and her family.


In less than three weeks, Spring arrives! Click here for a down memory lane LJS article about a favorite nice weather past time - Cool Crest Miniature Golf on North 48th St.

Photo below taken after the course land was cleared except the sign.


Click here for an LJS article about the 12 things that were invented in Nebraska. Surprising!


Click here for a LJS article about favorite Lincoln places that includes lots of old pics and comments, one by classmate Janet Jensen.


Sadly Harold L. Slaight, retired LHS Auto Shop Instructor, died December 20, 2020 at the age of 92. Click here on the "LHS Faculty" page for his photo and lengthy obituary from the Wyuka website. Graveside services were Friday. Our sympathies go to his wife and family.  Thanks Dewey Larson for sending us this information.


Sadly, Karen Dahlstrom Everett's husband "Rich" died November 28, 2020 after a yearlong illness. More information, including a recent Omaha World Herald article, is available on the News and Concerns page. Click here. Our sincere condolences go to Karen and her family. Send your support to Karen by leaving private messages or comments on her Profile Page.


Local Pandemic Update 12/28/2020

Lincoln/Lancaster County: 22,083 cases, 148 deaths. 

Nebraska: over 161,974 cases and 1,616 deaths.


Starting in 2021 each update will remain on the list below.


City/County:  22,654 cases, 152 deaths. 

State:  167,128 cases, 1,679 deaths.



City/County:  23,426 cases, 159 deaths.

State:  171,294 cases, 1,734 deaths.



City/County:  24,561 cases, 173 deaths.

State:  177,883 cases, 1,847 deaths.



City/County:  26, 690 cases, 196 deaths.

State:  190,828 cases, 2,011 deaths.



City/County:  27,170 cases, 206 deaths

State:  193,967 cases, 2,075 deaths.



City/County:  27,427 cases, 208 deaths.  

State:  195,697 cases, 2,110 deaths.


(Source:  New York Times and/or LJS)

Sheltering at Home/Masking up

Day 335 (as of 2-13-2021)

(Began counting March 15, 2020)



 Lincoln High students honored with 2020 "Inspire" awards for women.

Evada Palmer, Outstanding Future Business Leader Award


Hailey Olberding, Future Business Leader Finalist Award

Not pictured.

Zainab Funnah, Founder's Award


Student Gatran Gatnoor is "pluggedin, purposeful and proactive" as quoted in the September 2020 L Magazine. He is one of many high school students who volunteer time to participate in Youth Leadership Lincoln, a non-profit organization whose purpose is create well-informed, educated leaders and inspire civic engagement. YLL members are encouraged to actively contribute their time and talents for the betterment of the Lincoln community. Click here for the LJS article.


"She loved her school" writes Cindy Lange-Kubick, LJS columinist, about 16-year-old Lincoln High student leader Zainab Funnah (pictured below right) who wanted to show that "Black is Beautiful". Her goal was to "empower one another and build community" thus her photography project was born last week at Pioneers Park. Click here for the LJS story and photos.


Lincoln youth (many from LHS) organize peaceful protests in Lincoln to keep the issues out front.

Click here for LJS snapshots of these remarkable kids. Proud to be a link.


Click here and click on the sub tab "1960's" for a wonderful new source of LHS history brought to you by the Lincoln High Media Center Media Specialist Paula McClung and Carter Hulinsky, Media Technician and School Archivist. Links Yearbooks, 1961 Advocates, programs, photos and other information are being scanned and uploaded to the archives, so keep checking back on this link as it is further updated. Bookmark this link for future visits and enjoy!


Our 1961 "The Links" Yearbook has been scanned by the LHS Library Media Center and is online in a pdf version. Click here for the 1961 yearbook; the 1960 book is also available. If the page doesn't open automatically you may have to have a newer version of Adobe Reader on your computer. Click here for the free reader download from Adobe. Scroll down to see every page. Prepare for the time warp!


The new Francis Allen Gymnastics Training Center 

Click here for the LJS article about the new facility on Innovation Campus (old State Fair grounds). Includes a quote from Francis, former National Champion Nebraska and Olympics Team coach. 


Click here for photos and memories of familiar old Lincoln places like Miller and Paine, Gold's, Gateway Mall, King's, Ken Eddy's, Valentino's, Tony and Luigi's, Runza and more. Janet Jensen Albers shares her memories of Ideal Grocery.

Thanks Sharon Dumler Gottscher and Les Williams.


• Lincoln High's many and varied programs are showcased in a recent article in the Washington Post.  Again, the Links shine as one of 20 national Gold Star Schools of Opportunity. Click Here.

January 2018

Lincoln High Receives National Honor

As School of Opportunity!

"Lincoln High School is one of eight U.S. public high schools honored as a “School of Opportunity” by the National Education Policy Center. The honor merited a mention in a Washington Post education blog “Answer Sheet,” which has published the winners of the project for several years and which notes that the project recognizes public high schools that work to close opportunity gaps by “creating learning environments that reach every student.”

Click here for 1/22/18 LJS article. Click here for School of Opportunity website.

Proud to be a LINK!


Extra copies of the "Lincoln High School Class of 1961, Class Reunion Roster of Classmates" (20 pgs) are available for $5.00. It brings all classmate contact information up-to-date, as much as possible. Click on "Contact Us" to request a copy from Cathy Stump Rauch.




Here's a sample of the fun in the hospitality room.

• 121 Classmates & Guests attended our reunion at the Embassy Suites. Click here for final "Attendees" list.

• THANK YOU donors!  Click here for list that is still being updated. 

• Upload your reunion photos in Photo Gallery or send them to Donna Filbert Ewoldt. Contact Cathy Stump Rauch for a copy of the "55th Reunion Roster of Classmates"

LHS Gathering News

Please Join Us - Always Room for More!

2020 Monthly Dinner Schedule

Always first Thursday at 5 pm. 

Due to larger groups, higher gratuities are sometimes requested.

Dinner schedule on hold for now!

The list will be completed as reservations are confirmed!  Stay tuned!


Guys Dinner 2nd Wed., odd numbered months, 6 pm, Mulligan's, 56th & Old Cheney

Girls Dinner 3rd Thurs. every month, 5:30 Valentino's, 35th and Holdrege.

Please notify Shiela Thomas Alemzadeh to let her know you are coming!

See photos of all LHS Gatherings in "Photo Gallery" (left tab), under "Classmate Gatherings" 

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March 5, 2020 LHS Monthly Dinner at Parker's Smokehouse

24 Classmates Attended

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October 17, 2019 Girls Dinner at Valentino's, 33rd and Holdrege.

L to R:  Donna Vinson Gielbelhaus, Donna Filbert Ewoldt, Cathy Stump Rauch, Mary Ann Meisner, Mary Gilbert Jorgensen, Karen Dahlbeck Nuttleman, Shiela Thomas Alemzadeh.

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February 6, 2020 Monthly Dinner at The Parthenon

L to R:  Janell Winsor Dreesen, Cathy Marker, Bob Marker, Cathy Stump Rauch, Mary Gilbert Jorgensen, Mary Ann Meisner, John Baker, Vi Marks Baker, Steve Davidson, Bob Dreesen.

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March 11, 2020 Guys Dinner at Mulligan's

10 Guys Attended

Thanks Dave Drevo for supplying the photos.


Click Here or on the Photo Gallery Tab for more "Classmate Gatherings".


We’d like your help to update our classmate contact information prior to our 60th reunion.

PLEASE pass along addresses, emails, cell phones, land lines and health status regarding our LHS classmates.  Any phone calls you would like us to make, we will do gladly.  

It has always been the goal to compile a complete class list.  All LHS students who attended LHS for part or all of the years of fall 1958 through spring 1961.  This list appears on this website under “Classmate Profiles”.  For most we have their address.  But never sure if we’re current.  So please, pass along what you know.  Any name with no symbol following it, is a classmate who has not joined the website.

Future LHS Class of 1961 Reunion plans will be sent via U.S. Mail to everyone for whom we have an address. The LHS Class of 1961 website may be accessed by any classmate with an email address.  To join the website click on your name under "Classmate Profiles" and follow the directions.  Much more class information is available and shared regularly on the website for those who would like to use it.  

Click "Contact Us" - on the right, top of page.

Thank you!

Click Here for Jukebox Music of the 50's!
Thanks to Les Williams


Lincoln NE Class Web Sites

Click on sites below for links to other class web sites or contact info.

We'd be happy to add other schools. Just send us the information.

Lincoln High

LHS Class of 1957 - Larry Klein, site admin.

LHS Class of 1959 - Henry Schuman, site admin.

LHS Class of 1963 - 

Lincoln Northeast 

LNE Class of 1959 - Vern Good, site admin.

LNE Class of 1961 - Evan Haydon, site admin.




There are places I remember,

All my life, though some have changed,

Some forever, not for better,

Some have gone and some remain,

All these places had their moments,

With lovers and friends I still can recall.

Some are dead and some are living...

In my life, I've loved them all.

..."In My Life" written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Thanks to Betty Hunt Foster for sending this song.

Help Us Remember


Our mascot, the LINKS, exemplifies perfectly the idea of connection, reliance and trust.  As time passes, these connections are strengthened through recalling our LHS days, reconnecting on our website to share news and photos. 

In life and death, we honor our classmates.  The “In Memory” section is dedicated to our deceased classmates.  Here, we celebrate and pay tribute to their lives.

Your input is appreciated.  Please click on “Contact Us” to reach Cathy Stump Rauch or Donna Filbert Ewoldt.


Thank you for sharing your personal stories about our deceased classmates on our IN MEMORY page. Your comments brighten the memories of those who have gone before us and help us to better connect with each other. We will always remember these special friends. 


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Historic 1920 Photo of LHS

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