Lincoln Northeast High School dedicates new rocket

Posted by: Marlenia Thornton 

mthornton@klkntv.com

Lincoln Northeast high school celebrated an iconic part of its history Monday morning.

Hundreds gathered in front the school for the dedication of its new rocket.

It disappeared in the 1990s.

After nearly 30 years, the rocket is back.

It was an occasion many generations of Northeast alumni didn’t want to miss like Roscoe Shields.

Shields graduated from the school in 1943.

He was among some of the first graduating classes.

"I just had to come back over to the school that is so different from the one I graduated from in size, but not in spirit,” Northeast Alumnus Class of ’43 Roscoe Shields said.

"It was really important for me today to come back to just be a part of the festivities and my roots are here,” Northeast Alumna Class of ’61 Lynne Grasz Hall said.

 Northeast Principal Kurt Glathar cut the ribbon for the new rocket. He gave pieces of it to members of the community with Northeast ties.

The project took about five years.

It cost about $50,000 even with donated materials and labor.

Glathar said it’s a dream come true.

"It was accumulation of a finalized dream that was realized. It was an exciting day today,” Northeast High School Principal Kurt Glathar said.

It was a dream that was made possible by ’91 grad and “Raise the Rocket” campaign chair Jason Lemon.

The rocket has many meanings including the combination of the Havelock, University Place and Bethany communities.

It’s a symbol returning just in time for the school’s 75th anniversary, which is September 9th.

"I can equate it to seeing a brand new baby. It was amazing… to nothing to something. Here we go. We have something in front our school now that’s going to test the times and it’s going to be here forever,” Raise the Rocket Chair Jason Lemon said.

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Posted by:  Channel 8 Eyewitness News

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Hundreds gathered at Lincoln Northeast high school for the dedication of its new rocket statue Monday morning.

The school’s principal Kurt Glathar and other community leaders with northeast ties held a program to celebrate LNE’s new addition.

The original rocket disappeared in the 1990s. 

Now nearly 30 years later, the rocket is back after some fund raising efforts and generous donations from the community. 

Hear more about the ceremony tonight at 5, 6 and 10.