THE HISTORY OF LINCOLN SCHOOL:
(from the 1977 Bicentennial)
By 1964 both Jefferson and Grundy Schools were overcrowded. A referendum was passed in April of 1964, and the decision was made to build a new school. This school was to be located at 100 South Nebraska Avenue
It was built on an eleven-acre site and was named the Lincoln School. It was first occupied on September 1, 1965, with Wayne Sutter as Principal. The teachers for the first year were:
- Kindergarten, Glenna Ferrell
- First Grade, Doris Morton
- Second Grade, Madeline Strunk
- Third Grade, Frances Naron
- Fourth Grade, Millie Holder
- Fifth Grade (2 sections), Gail Delfs and Ann McConkey
- Sixth Grade (2 sections), Fern Downs and Joyce Strunk for 1/2 day with the principal teaching the other half day
- Music, Mary Swanstrom
- Physical Education, Lillian Dallinger
- Speech Therapy, Linda Jenkins
The enrollment for the first year was 288 pupils.
On January 25, 1966 another referendum was passed and 14 classrooms, a set of restrooms, and additional equipment were added to the Lincoln School. This addition was first occupied in September of 1967, and by this time the school had an enrollment of 575 students, plus full time physical education and music teachers and an E.M.H. teacher.
In 1968 Mr. Sutter, the Principal of Lincoln School, was hired as Assistant Superintendent of District #644. Jolyon Webb, who had been a sixth grade teacher at Jefferson School, now became Principal.
CURRENT INFORMATION ON LINCOLN SCHOOL:
Lincoln Elementary School is one of four elementary schools in Morton CUSD 709 in Morton, Illinois. Lincoln Elementary School has grades kindergarten through sixth grade with three sections per grade level totaling 500 students. Our instructional programs include: regular education, special education including the primary, middle and intermediate instructional programs, speech and language, reading support, music education, band (Grade 6), orchestra (Grade 6), chorus (Grades 5-6), physical education, library, computer lab, and challenge education (Grades 3-6). The current faculty includes: 21 regular education classrooms, 6 special education classrooms, 2 support service classrooms, library, computer lab, music room, gymnasium, cafeteria, kitchen, and administrative offices. Lincoln has an active Parent/Teacher Organization and a strong volunteer program that provides many activities and events for the Lincoln students and their families. We are very proud of our school, and we invite you to browse our website and learn about us.
HOW LINCOLN SCHOOL WAS NAMED:
A letter is framed and hung inside the Lincoln School office that signifies how Lincoln School was named.
January 15, 1965
I believe that a fitting name for the new
School would be Lincoln Grade School in honor
of our 16th President because: HE IS KNOWN
FOR HIS INTEGRITY, HONESTY, LOVE OF BOOKS AND
KNOWLEDGE, A CHAMPION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND
FREEDOM - A CHALLENGE TO PRESENT GENERATIONS!
Mrs. George D. Crumrine, Jr
100 N. Maple St.
Morton, IL 61550