HUNTINGTON — Lincoln Junior High School was built on the corner of 10th Avenue and 26th Street in 1924 and served seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders from its East Huntington neighborhood for the next 65 years.
The school was designed by the Huntington architectural firm of Frampton and Bowers, the same architects who in 1938-1940 designed the East Wing of the Cabell County Courthouse. The three-story school building cost $160,000 to construct.
In 1928, Principal O.E. Hodge supervised 27 teachers. In 1938, an addition was constructed to accommodate what was then a growing enrollment.
Lincoln's enrollment peaked at nearly 600 students in 1960 and then steadily declined as the neighborhood's makeup shifted from residential to a mix of residences and businesses.
In the 1979-80 school year, Lincoln had 410 students. A decade later, in 1988-89, its enrollment had dwindled to 268 students. So the Cabell County Board of Education decided to close Lincoln at the end of that school year and distribute its students between Enslow, Beverly Hills and Cammack Junior Highs.
In a well-remembered high point for the school, the Lincoln Lions under coach Jim Morgan won the Cabell County Junior High Football Championship in 1987.
In recent years, former students have staged an annual all-year Lincoln reunion.
"There's just something about being from Lincoln that keeps us all connected," said Kim Scarberry, co-organizer of the 2016 reunion. "All of us will tell you our junior high school years were the best and can't compare to our high school years."
Still standing, the former junior high is now home to the King of Glory Church.
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