HISTORY OF LINCOLN-WAY NORTH

A Brief History:

In 2006, voters of District 210 approved a referendum to build two new high schools. At the time, projections showed continued area growth for years to come and Lincoln-Way North opened in 2008. Lincoln-Way North was ranked by Newsweek and U.S. News as one of America's Best High Schools, with impressive academics, athletics, music, and activities. Economic downturn led to declining enrollment and funding. In August of 2015 the Board of Education made the painful decision to close the school. Regardless, the student body of Lincoln-Way North rallied to enjoy their final year. According to Principal Mark Cohen, the graduating class of 2016 “set out to take advantage of the opportunities they had from day one…From the first day of school to the last, members of the Class of 2016 were an example of tenacity, poise, character, and class.” At graduation, the senior class officers presented the Board of Education with a class gift: a trophy case, which is displayed at Lincoln-Way East High School. The display is filled with the many accomplishments earned by the Lincoln-Way North student body, and serves as a constant reminder of the strength of the Phoenix.



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HAIL! TO THE PHOENIX RISING

HAIL TO THE FIRE ETERNAL

HAIL! HAIL! TO LINCOLN-WAY

THE BLACK AND THE GOLD

BORN FROM THE ASH OF VALOR

SOARING WITH STRENGTH AND POWER,

HAIL! HAIL! TO LINCOLN-WAY

THE CHAMPIONS FROM THE NORTH!



Year Closed: 2016      Mascot: Phoenix     

Motto: It's Good To Be Gold      Colors: Vegas Gold and Black


Principals:
Dr. Michael Gardner Dr. Mark Cohen
2008 - 2013 2013-2016

Teacher of the Year recognitions:
2009: Marcia Steward
2010: Margaret (Peggy) Piper
2011: Linda Egnatz
2012: Maria Wilson
2013: George Czart & Lynn Merrick
2014: Amy Shaughnessy
2015: Jason Berg
2016: Britt Christensen

Community Support:
Community engagement around District 210 has always been outstanding, and Lincoln-Way North’s supporters are no exception. Local families, businesses, and good Samaritans donated thousands of dollars to graduating seniors each year. Lincoln-Way North students were recognized annually on “Scholarship Nights,” where their hard work and dedication was rewarded with scholarship money donated by generous locals. Over a half million dollars was donated to the Phoenix.

2010: $68,700
2011: $70,900
2012: $71,400
2013: $70,050
2014: $75,200
2015: $74,300
2016: $92,000


In closing:

The text below contains the closing remarks of Lincoln-Way North Principal, Dr. Mark Cohen, at the graduation ceremony on June 1, 2016.

“Our mascot is a Phoenix, and many ancient civilizations had some variant on the theme of a bird being reborn in flames. There is even greater meaning, however, if we just look a little deeper.

First, the symbol of the Phoenix is a reminder that all things must come to an end. No one here can hold on to something or someone forever. Ceremonies like this are just one example of an end- today you have reached the conclusion of your high school career.

As you get older, you will have days that stand out in your memory as the best days of your life. Perhaps it will be the accomplishment of a lifelong dream, your wedding day, or the birth of your children. These times will be incredible, but they will not last. It is important to learn to be present and enjoy these moments as they happen. They go by so very quickly.

Just as your good days must have an end, so will your bad days. You will face setbacks in life. You will face pain. These days, too, will end. While the end of good times may make us unhappy, the ending of sad times brings hope. Tony Dungy, former coach of the Indianapolis Colts, said, “When a game ends, win or lose, it is time to prepare for the next one.” To be a Phoenix is to know all things end, to be thankful for the good times, and optimistic when things aren’t the way we want them to be.

As Phoenix, we also set our accomplishments on fire to remind us we cannot rest on our laurels. Yesterday’s victories don’t matter. Neither do yesterday’s defeats. Every day there lies in front of us important work to be done. We must be prepared to be our best selves, and put in our best effort. There is an old African proverb about a lion and a gazelle that illustrates this point. Every morning in Africa, the gazelle wakes up and knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it may be killed. Every morning the lion wakes up and knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it may starve to death. It doesn’t matter how fast the lion or gazelle were yesterday. In order to make it through today, both animals had better be running.

Finally, a Phoenix moves on from the past and looks forward. One way to do this is to forgive others, and ourselves, of the errors of the past. Just as we let go of the accomplishments of yesterday, we must also let go of yesterday’s anger. Holding a grudge will not make you strong, instead it makes you bitter. Demonstrating forgiveness doesn’t make you weak, it sets you free. Everyone deserves the peace that comes from letting go of negativity.

Graduates, as you continue along life’s journey, take these lessons learned from your time as a Phoenix with you wherever you go. Be thankful for all of the good things in life, and have faith in the future when you find yourself struggling. Be mindful that no defeat is ever permanent and no victory is ever final. Remember that no good is served from looking backwards in life. You should not dwell on the achievements, or losses, or wrongs of the past, but instead put all of your efforts into moving forward and focusing on what’s next.”