Photos of Former Lincoln High School & East Junior High Building

Compiled by Kathy Engel, SWCHC Librarian

The Wisconsin Rapids Public School District will discontinue the use of the East Junior High School building. Here are pictures from the past 115 years.

The original Lincoln High School was built in 1903, on the current site of East Junior High School.

“New Lincoln High School,” shown in this postcard drawing, was built in 1931.

This aerial photo shows Lincoln High School, left, Witter Manual Training School, middle, and the Teacher Training School, right. The picture was taken in about 1954.

The vocational section of Lincoln High School was added in 1957. To the right is the Witter building.

This picture shows Lincoln High School with the 1957 addition, right, but not the 1962 addition.

The aerial photo shows Lincoln High School in about 1970. The Wood County Normal School, right (formerly the Teacher Training School) was torn down in 1978. In 1979, the Witter building, center, was demolished.

The school building became East Junior High in the fall of 1979.

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6 Responses to Photos of Former Lincoln High School & East Junior High Building

  1. Jennifer Lemke says:

    Are interior photos available?

    • swchcmus says:

      The Museum has LHS’s Ahdawagam yearbooks available for visitors to look through, if requested (email Lori if interested). The yearbooks are currently the main source of interior photos of the building. They are in the process of being digitized, and will be available online at some point in the next year or two.

  2. Sandy Young says:

    Great collection of photos, nice to see how that building changed through the years.

  3. Patt Nieman says:

    I remember the horseshoe driveway that was at the back of the building but have never seen a picture of it. Are there any in existence?

    • swchcmus says:

      The horseshoe drive was there when Dave Engel started high school in 1959 but was covered up by the “board of education” addition in 1962. Museum staff will be on alert to find a pre-addition photo. A map or plan of the drive probably also exists.

  4. WAYNE "SKOOG" OESTREICH says:

    THE FIELD HOUSE WAS THE BEST IN THE STATE. DURING MY THREE YEARS
    OF RED RAIDER BASKETBALL WE WON 79 LOSING 5 , THAT ALSO INCLUDED A 1951 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. THE ATMOSPHERE WAS TERIFFIC WITH OVER 3,000 FANS AT –EVERY GAME.. RED RAIDER PRIDE WAS SO SPECIAL.
    COACHS MANDERS, RHEEL AND TORRI WERE THE BEST….

    HALL OF FAME MEMBER -WAYNE “SKOOG” OESTREICH..
    HILTON HEAD S.C. 29909

    IT’S A GREAT FACILITY WITH MANY– MANY GREAT MEMORIES..

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