Build Lincoln Higher was organized on Dec. 7, 1944 with 25 members. By 1949, BLH had grown to nearly 1,000 members, all with a focus on bettering Lincoln High School.
“We wanted to do something help the school and the kids,” explained Fred W. Brown Jr, the club’s first president. At the time, his youngest son was a Lincoln student and three others were LHS graduates.
The club began with simple projects like wrecking an old house on the school’s athletic site to use the lumber to build an equipment shed. From there, the projects grew.
They installed the first floodlights at the athletic field, helped build a 550 stadium complete with locker rooms and rest rooms. They bought extra baseball uniforms and equipment when it was needed. Volunteers put in hours of labor to complete projects like laying sod, building fences and more.
In the 1940s and beyond, the organization held rummage sales, served concessions at sporting events and held various other money-raising activities. Plus – the members paid $1/annually per person to help generate funds.
75 years later, BLH still has the same goals. They fund activities to enhance the student experience. The club still relies on concession sales, volunteers and membership dues to give back to the students at Lincoln High School. In fact, the dues have only gone up to $15/person The club hold several fundraising events annually to help raise funds.