Lincolnton High School is preparing for a very important birthday.
â€œWe knew the school had a rich history and tradition, but we didnâ€™t know it went back 100 years,â€ said Pat Moretz, principal of Lincolnton High.
Throughout the next school year Lincolnton High plans on honoring the schoolâ€™s history and alumni in a number of ways.
â€œI hope that we just all get together and have a wonderful time reminiscing,â€ said Kathy Wease, the schoolâ€™s media coordinator.
Wease discovered that Lincolnton High had reached 100 years while researching the schoolâ€™s sports history.
â€œI thought we should do something. How often do you have a 100-year event?â€ said Wease.
â€œWe have so many ideas to do interesting things and involve the community and the school.â€
Plans already include a large homecoming celebration and the creation of a quilt celebrating the schoolâ€™s history.
Carolyn Willard, a teacher, has volunteered to be in charge of the quilt.
â€œIâ€™m a quilter, but this is intimidating,â€ said Willard. â€œItâ€™s just a huge project.â€
The quilt will have patches that record the history of the school. After it is completed in the fall it will be auctioned off.
The school also plans to sell T-shirts marking the event, create a 100-year flag, have alumni come talk to students and have a parade with people in period dress from each decade.
Committees have already been formed for many of the projects, but the school is still looking for community members interested in helping.
The school library currently has a small display of photos and memorabilia from Lincolnton Highâ€™s past, but Wease hopes to find more.
â€œWeâ€™re hoping to get lots from every decade to display,â€ said Wease.
Those who donate memorabilia will receive them back after the exhibit is finished.
â€œIt will be taken very good care of,â€ said Wease.
The school already has a diploma from 1909 and pictures of turn of the century cheerleaders wearing long skirts.
â€œThey were so proper back then,â€ said Wease. â€œEverything was so proper.â€
Since discovering that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the school, Wease has done her research.
She has found differences in the schoolâ€™s former students and students today that go further than the clothes they wear.â€œThey seemed more laid back and more relaxed, and not as stressed as our kids,â€ Wease said. â€œThe competition was not there for college like it is today.â€by Sarah Grano