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•   James R. Johnson  6/3
•   Marvin L. Itzen  6/10
•   Jan E. Reimers  6/13
•   Donna H. Peterson (Waller)  6/14
•   Sally L. Johnston (Bos)  6/15
•   Robert L. Workman  6/17
•   Larry N. Reed  6/20
•   Judy K. Thompson (Turley)  6/20
•   Roger D. Hawk  6/25
•   Louis W. Stanard  6/26
•   Margaret A. Manke (Nilsson)  6/27
•   Charleen Spencer (Presley)  6/30
•   Barbara J. Goodman (Wentink)  7/1


•   Marlene Sipes (Sweeney)  4/5
•   Nick Robinson  3/1
•   Stephen G. Davidson  2/10
•   Cathy Stump (Rauch)  2/6
•   Joan D. Rockwell (Brannigan)  2/1
•   Judy L. Cline (Glathar)  1/14
•   Larry Phillips  1/9
•   Michele Y. Angle (Farrar)  11/12
•   Barbara E. Grim (Juengel)  11/11
•   Donna Filbert (Ewoldt)  9/13
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Welcome to the Official LHS Class of 1961 Website

Since 2009 - over 231,200


Just so you know...

Lincoln's population is now 292,778.

When we graduated LHS, Lincoln's population was 128,521.


As the Memorial Day Weekend approaches in a few weeks, consider adding comments for classmates who have recently died and have relatively new "In Memory" pages below. Click on the highlighted links below. This is also a good time to remember others who have died this past year. Memorial Day is a time to honor classmates for the "good times" of our shared youth and to especially thank the soldiers among us who served and are now fallen.

All Deceased Classmates - Click Here

Deceased Family Members - Click Here


We've just learned of the passing of our classmate Esther Garcia Ortiz who died on May 16, 2023.  Esther's complete obituary appears on Esther's "In Memory" page.  To view  Please Click Here.  The Class of '61 sends sincere condolences to husband Mike (LHS '62) and their family.


Special thanks goes to Nancy Green via Marilyn Gudeker who notified us that Alice Cooper Novak died of pancreatic cancer. More details are posted on her "In Memory" page and on Alice's "Profile Page". Please Click here.  Condolences from the class go to the family and friends of Alice.


Our Class of '61 condolences go to Gayle Anderson Masarie on the death of her husband Jack F. Masarie. Please click here to read Jack's obituary on the "News and Concerns" page. Leave condolences for Gayle on her profile page by clicking here.



Congratulations to the 1960 LHS State Champion Track and Field Team who will be inducted into the Lincoln High Athletic Hall of Fame on September 7, 2023 at a banquet in their honor. The LHS Athletic Office will be in touch with Loren Swanson, Biff Pfeiff, Earl True and Larry Theesen from the class of 1961. Deceased '61 team members are: Ron Chambers, Roger Campbell, Mike McGrath, Charles McDaniels and Bobby Williams. Other team members from the Class of 1960 and the Class of 1962 will also be notified. Tickets are available to anyone who is interested. Class member Terry David Kugren's late husband Paul ('60) ran the 440 on this team and the team miler was Ron Calhoun ('60) who is the husband of Charlotte Towle Calhoun ('61) Ft. McPherson, KS.


Photo Ark Stamps Issued

Joel Sartore, Lincoln photographer and National Geographic Photo Ark founder, has completed his 14,000th photograph (above, Yellow Breasted Magpie, Indonesia) since the project began in 2006 when he photographed a naked mole rat at The Lincoln Children's Zoo.  What an honor for Lincoln to be the home place and origin of this magnificent collection that calls attention to the overwhelming number of endangered species around the world. To honor the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the US Postal Service is issuing Forever stamps as seen below.  Read more about it by clicking here. Please use these stamps and consider that pink hairless rats at a small midwest zoo were the first.


* Scroll waaaay down for May 4 dinner photos at The Eatery, followed by the latest Guys Dinner and the Girls Lunch.

LHS guys met on May 10 (second Wednesday) at 6 pm at Mulligan's.

On Thursday May 18, the girls gathered for lunch at Whole Foods, across from Gateway, at 11:30 am. Scroll down for a photo. Please note: On June 15th, 11:30 am, the girls will go to the Course Restaurant at SE Commumity College. Shiela Thomas Alemzadeh is handling the reservations so get in touch with her if you want to join in.  Everyone is welcome! We hope to see more classmates at these fun events.


Pershing Auditorium Mural to be re-installed at Wyuka in proposed park. Fundraising is ongoing. Click here for article and more details in LJS "Neighborhood Extra".



Lincoln High senior sprinter Neryah Hekl won the LPS Championship 100 meter sprint with the top time in Class A this season at Lincoln High's Beechner Athletic Complex. LPS sprinter Kenneth Williams won the boys 100 and 200 sprints, as well as the 400 relay. Click here for the LJS article.


Another achievement for LHS Grad and Husker hurdler Darius Luff who set the track record at the Texas Relays April 1. Click here for LJS article.

Lincoln High 2019 grad Darius Luff placed third in 60 meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Track 2023 Finals this weekend. Darius was also the Big Ten champion in the same event and had the top NCAA qualifying time. Great achievements at this level.

Congratulations Darius! Click here for the article.

At NCAA finals are Darius Luff, (LHS '19) and Dajaz DeFrand, sprinter, (LHS '22).


Girls BBall Team Goes to State - 2/24/23

LHS Swimmers and Divers

LHS rceives donation of instruments from China.

Basketball Awards Night

On February 14th at awards night, LHS honored the eight seniors from the basketball team. All of them are going on to play college ball: one to play softball, one to play volleyball and six to play basketball. What an amazing group of young women.


La’Rae Pickens-Bonebright was sure that she wanted to be a teacher.  And also sure she wanted to attend Lincoln High and UNL.  Click here to see how she fulfilled her dream!


New Husker Football Coach Matt Ruhle visited Lincoln High School on Friday to recruit LHS football star Beni Ngoyi (pictured here) who has been committed to Iowa State. Keep your fingers crossed.

UPDATE: We send Congratulations to Beni Ngoyi on accepting a football scholarship to Iowa State University. Cheering for our LINKS near and far! 

Lincoln High Mascot, the Links, is featured in a syndicated cartoon "Thatababy" by Paul Tapp. Click here to see the fun article and why the Links were chosen in the "Mascoties" special issue.



Click here for the
Reunion Photo Gallery to date. Send your photos.



The LHS library media center staff has completed a huge project of digitizing LHS history and records from their collection. It includes photos, Advocates, LINKS yearbooks and other sources. Click here to reach the web site and enjoy the search through our history. Huge thanks to the media staff from the Class of '61!





LHS's Renee Jones named 2023 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

The award is "bestowed annually to teachers who are exceptionally dedicated, knowledgable, skilled and who have the ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn." Click here for the full LJS article.


Deborah McGinn, LHS Teacher for nearly 40 years, is featured in a front page LJS article about her LHS career and now her retirement at Union College as a writing consultant. Click here for her love story about teaching and Lincoln High. "Another Lincoln High job well done" is used to describe Deb.


  Senior Riek Bol creates his gift to Lincoln High, a video showing the 150 year history of the High. Click here for the LJS article. Riek says there isn't another high school in the state that is more connected than LHS. Go Links!



Scroll down for gathering photos.

Please Join Us - Always Room for More.

LHS Monthly Dinners for the 2023 year will always be on the first Thursday of the month at 5 pm at The Eatery, Van Dorn Plaza.

PLEASE NOTE: In 2023, LHS guys will meet every month on the second Wednesday at 6 pm at Mulligans. Next dinner, June 14.

LHS Girls meet the 3rd Thursday at Whole Foods, 11:30 am, 59th and "O". Holdrege. Next meeting May 18.


Jan. 5 Jan. 11 Jan. 19
Feb. 2 Feb. 8 Feb. 16
March 2 March 8 March 16
April 6 April 12 April 20
May 4 May 10 May 18
June 1 June 14 June 15
July 6 July 12 July 20
Aug. 3 Aug. 9 Aug. 17
Sept. 7 Sept.13 Sept. 21
Oct. 5 Oct. 11 Oct, 19
Nov. 2 Nov. 8 Nov. 16
Dec. 7 Dec.13 Dec. 21

Join classmates at the any and all events! All classmates are welcome!

LHS Monthly Dinners are always at The Eatery Party Room


May 4, 2023 LHS Dinner at the Eatery - 12 attended

April 7, 2023 LHS Monthly Dinner at the Eatery - 10 attended

March 2, 2023 LHS Monthly Dinner at the Eatery

February 1, 2023 LHS Monthly Dinner at the Eatery

 January 5th, 2023 LHS Monthly Dinner

Girls Lunch

Girls Lunch, March 16, 2023

Valentino's on Holdrege

Photo by Donna E not pictured.

L to R: Karen Dahlbeck Nuttleman, Shiela Thomas Alemzadeh,

Vi Marks Baker, Mary Ann Meisner, Donna Ewoldt, not pictured.

Girl's Lunch at Whole Foods, May 18, 2023

L to R: Donna Filbert Ewoldt, Sharon Dumler Gottsche, Karen Dahlbeck Nuttleman, Mary Ann Meisner, Shiela Thomas Alemzadeh.


Guys Dinner, May 10, 2023

Guys Dinner, April 12, 2023 at Mulligan's

Guys Dinner, March 8, 2023 at Mulligan's


Photos below are from the Feb.8, 2023 Dinner at Mulligan's.

Photos below from the January 11, 2023 Guys Dinner at Mulligan's.


We’d like your help!

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!

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Historic 1920 Photo of LHS