The History of Lincolnwood High SchoolThursday, February 09, 2012 By Aaron Crawford
Lincolnwood High School began at what we now know as the old Raymond Grade School. The old Raymond High School building was used from 1962 to 1971, and then was converted into the Raymond Grade School. The current high school building was being built during that time; later it would connect to the north side of the gym. The new building was made to accommodate up to 400 students. There was a need for more staff members and more classes as the student body grew larger in the early years of the new school. In 1971, the high school was moved to the current building that it resides in today. The school had seen a growth in the student body since the four local high schools came together and made one big school. The four high schools that came together were Raymond, Farmersville, Waggoner, and Harvel. The first step in combining the districts occurred in 1947 when the Raymond and Harvel High Schools were consolidated. In 1949, the Panhandle Unit District No. 2 was formed when Raymond and Harvel schools came together. In 1948 the Waggoner High School consolidated with the neighboring Farmersville high school. In the final consolidation, Farmersville High School and Raymond High School joined in 1962. The first class that graduated in the new building was the class of 1972. There were approximately 80 students in the class. With the new building, the school was able to offer new programs that were not available before. Over the years, the class sizes have decreased, as well as the number of classes available at Lincolnwood. Throughout the years, many things have changed. The original high school was turned into the Raymond Grade School in 1971, when the high schools moved into their current building. The “old building,” or Raymond Grade School, was retired in 2005. It was torn down in the summer of 2008. In remembrance of the first Lincolnwood High School Building, some of the stone work that was around the building was saved and recently found a new home in front of where the old building once stood. Today, the current high school building still serves as the high school and the junior high. Students are still earning a good education for the future. Though the future of the school is unknown, the history of Lincolnwood High School will always be strong.