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Flag Day, June 14, 2024

Commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.


Lincoln High Students honored the Fallen and an LHS Veteran on 80th D-Day Celebration in Normandy. Sixty students, parents and LHS faculty participated in the one-in-a-lifetime emotional event. Click here for LJS article and see more photos and information below.


LHS Alum Honored at D-Day Ceremony

Kenneth "K.B." Smith, LHS Class of '43

Pictured here is Kenneth "K.B." Smith, a Lincoln High alum who attended LHS from 1940-1942.  A picture of young K.B. Smith was found in LHS's historical archives.  He dropped out of school after Pearl Harbor to join the Navy and in 1944 he was a Petty Officer on the USS Satterlee, a ship that provided gun support to the troops that stormed Omaha Beach.  On June 6, 2024, Mr. Smith was honored alongside other WWII veterans at the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.  The ceremony was attended by heads of state including President Joseph R. Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.  He came back to LHS in 1946 to get what he called his "adult diploma."  Another Lincoln High job well done, Mr. Smith.

From the LHS archives...

Photo of Kenneth "K.B." Smith when a student at LHS, 1941 or 1942.  Taken in PE Class.


Normandy American Cemetery, June 6, 2024

Lincoln High students who were visiting France attended the June 6th ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.  They brought with them a framed photo of Paul Cosandier, an LHS alumni from the class of 1943, who is buried at the Normandy American Cemetery.  In Normandy, a solemn tradition pays tribute to the sacrifice made by those who stormed Omaha Beach in 1944.  Whenever a loved one visits a grave, it is a tradition to take sand from the nearby Omaha Beach and rub it onto the headstone.  When visiting Paul's grave on June 6th, instead of sand from the beach, LHS students each took a turn rubbing dirt taken from the LHS campus into the headstone of their fellow LINK.  On that day, 80 years later, we remember and honor Paul and all those buried alongside him in Normandy.  Another Lincoln High job well done.  Special gratitude from the LHS Class of 1961.


Hurdler Champ Luff Honored by Mayoral Proclamation

June 7 is now Darius Luff Day. Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird surprised Luff at a UNL press conference called to show off his winning trophy. His former coaches at LHS and Nebraska were introduced as well. Luff is the first Nebraska-born man (and LHS grad) to win an NCAA title in more than 80 years.

Click here for the LJS article.

Men's Track Athlete of the Year

United States Track and Field Midwest

Darius Luff, former Link, wins 110 high hurdles for the Huskers at the 2024 NCAA Finals in Oregon. 

See additional photo and excerpt below. 


Scroll way down for the June 2024 LHS Dinner photos!

Please note July LHS Dinner will be July 11, the second Thursday, due to July 4 weekend.


Koolade Kid!





May 3, 2024 Joy Night  - Remember 1961?


We send our deepest condolences to Bonita Hiatt Montanez upon the death of her dear husband Ray Montanez, Jr. who died March 8, 2024. Click here for more information on the "News and Concerns" page. Bonita would be comforted by your condolence messages. Click here.

Here's a photo of the "Tastee Pac", a take-out container from Tastee Inn! Thanks to Evan Haydon, LNE '61 website admininstrator for sending it to us. In case this makes you hungry for those unmistakeable sandwiches, click here for the recipe.


Lincoln Changes

West view of the Gold's block from 10th Street.

North view of the now empty Pershing Auditorium Block.

Re-development underway.

New interchange of Hwy 77 and South By-Pass, renamed Hwy 2.

The old "Hwy 2" is now "Nebraska Parkway" that still carries the same southside in-town traffic.


Special Note:  After a recent search, additional deceased 1961 classmates have been listed here.  Though their deaths were not recent, we sadly mourn and honor all of those who have gone before us. An email blast will be sent to all classmates.

Click on the names below for their "In Memory" page with photos and obits if available.  Scroll down on David Allchin's page to see a special remembrance. Please note that four of them were US Veterans. We are grateful for their service.

David G. Allchin, US Army Veteran, 5 tours Vietnam,  died March 11, 2022.

Harold F. Anderson, US Air Force Veteran, died April 21, 2022.

Leland V. Crosby II, US Army Veteran, Vietnam, died July 9 2021.

Micheal D. Crow, died June 20, 2023.

Leland R. Hancock, US Navy Veteran, Vietnam, died October 12, 2021.

Frances A. Kingery, died November 7, 2021.

Sharilyn Lohse Gothier, died May 9, 2014.

Janice Westbrook Sachs, died April 11, 2023.


Join LHS classmates at the Thursday, July 11, 5 pm,

monthly dinner at The Eatery.

Everyone Welcome

Scroll photos way below of the June 6 Monthly Dinner, May 8 Guys Dinner and 2024 dinner schedule.

Scroll down for 2024 dinner photos beginning with the most recent. All 2023 and before dinner photos are all available on the "Photo Galleries" page, sub-menu "Classmate Gatherings".

Join the girls at Lazlos for lunch at 11:30 am, on the third Thursday of each month.


All Deceased Classmates - Click Here

Deceased Family Members - Click Here

A Limited number of Pershing Mural Prints is now for sale: $25 at the From Nebraska Store in the Haymarket, 8th and Q. Proceeds go to ongoing fundraising efforts to install the mural and maintain the mural at Wyuka.



Darius Luff (former Link)Wins 110 High Hurdles at 2024 NCAA!

Next Up - Olympic Trials!

"Darius Luff (Husker Sr. Track Star and former LINK athlete) became the first Nebraska-born man to win an NCAA individual track and field outdoor championship, since 1943.  On Friday, June 7th, he triumphed in the 110-meter hurdles in Eugene, Oregon. In his final collegiate race, Luff ran a personal-best time — 13.19 seconds — to capture his first NCAA gold medal." Lincoln Jr. Star, June 8, 2024.




2023 LHS Grad Justin Bolis has joined the Nebraska Basketball team as a walk-on. The 6' 9" Southeast Community College student will join the Huskers as a forward for the coming season and will have three years of eligibility.


Darius Luff, Lincoln High grad, posted a 7:70 in the 60 meter high hurdles at the Frank Sevigne Track Meet. Considering he is coming off a broken toe injury, it was still his fastest opening season time as a Husker. An amazing athlete.

Click here for the full LJS article.


Congrats to Evelyn Becher, LHS ninth grader who quaified for the State Wrestling Tourney in the 120 lb class. Two other links made the cut. Click here for the details.



Over twenty girls went out this fall for the new LHS wrestling team.


LHS Band featured in the 2023 Veterans Day Parade


LHS Culinary Team placed 4th in the annual district competition.


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!



Scroll down for gathering photos.

Please Join Us - Always Room for More.

LHS Monthly Dinners will always be on the first Thursday of the month (except for the July 4 weekend!) at 5 pm at The Eatery, Van Dorn Plaza. Please join us in 2024. It's always good to see old friends. Next dinner is July 11, 2024.

LHS Guys meet each month at Mulligan's on the 2nd Wednesday at 6 pm.

LHS Girls meet the 3rd Thursday this month at 11:30 am at Lazlo's, 56th and old Cheney. Hope to see you there.


Jan. 4 Jan. 10 Jan. 18
Feb. 1 Feb. 7 Feb. 15
March 7 March 13 March 21
April 4 April 10 April 18
May 2 May 8 May 16
June 6 June 12 June 20
July 11 July 10 July 18
Aug. 1 Aug. 14 Aug. 17
Sept. 5 Sept.11 Sept. 19
Oct. 3 Oct. 921 Oct, 17
Nov. 7 Nov. 13 Nov. 21
Dec. 5 Dec.11 Dec. 19

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

LHS Monthly Dinners are always 5 pm at The Eatery Party Room


June 6, 2024 LHS Monthly Dinner at The Eatery

19 classmates attended

May 2, 2024 LHS Monthly Dinner at The Eatery

15 classmates attended

April 2, 2024 LHS Monthly Dinner at The Eatery

9 classmates attended

March 7, 2024 LHS Monthly Dinner at The Eatery

18 Attended

February 1, 2024 LHS Monthly Dinner at The Eatery

17 Attended

January 4, 2024 LHS Monthly Dinner at the Eatery

13 attended

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.

Girl's Lunch at Hacienda Real, September 21, 2023

L. to R: Mary Ann Meisner, Vi Marks Baker, Sharon Dumler Gottsche, Mary Gilbert Jorgensen, Karen Dahlstrom Nuttleman, Shiela Thomas Alemzadeh



May 8, 2024 Guys Dinner at Mulligans

12 Attended

March 13, 2024 Guys Dinner at Mulligan's

9 attended

February 15, 2024 Guys Dinner at Mulligan's

5 attended

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