"My Town and Yours" Thoughts and Observations of Mark Lange
Revisiting Lincoln High School's Community Impact
by Mark Lange,posted Aug 22 2013 6:13AM
Driving into Vincennes last night with the Blue Moon rising in the east and the sun setting in the west was a very neat sight. I looked up a bit and saw a bright light to the north and followed it. No, it wasn't Wally's Search Light drawing us to McDonald's. It was the lights of Lincoln High School. Even on a Wednesday evening the place was a buzz. Inside the building, outside the building, on the sports fields, and even the parking lot - hundreds of people were at the complex.
Most of us still think of Lincoln as the "New" high school. It's not. It's almost paid for and will be getting millions of dollars in infrastructure repairs in the next couple of years to keep it viable. It's been around since the 80's I think and ever since it was constructed it has been a huge community draw. There's almost never an evening where its not full of people. There are dozens of school and community groups using the facility each month and that's the way it should be.
We don't have a single general store to chat with our friends at anymore and Walmart doesn't qualify. Many of us don't have a church family anymore. And most of us don't have porches we sit on and talk with our neighbors. But we still have a high school that draws a lot of our community together. It's still a great investment and was as neat to see the lights of the school as the sunset and moonrise at the same time last night.