well known amongst the West Tech alumni, the Lincoln statue was
donated by the Class of 1919. He stood in the main hall of West
Tech High School for nearly ninety years. The Lincoln statute was
the meeting place for many students, pep rallies, and stood guard
over the school during trying times, the war years and peace time.
"Meet you at Lincoln" was a popular phrase that everyone knew what
it meant. The statue stood eight feet tall and weighed
approximately 300 pounds. It is hollow and made of plaster and was
originally all white in color.
Lincoln statue was in need of extensive restoration for many years
after leaving the halls of West Tech. In August 2008, a fundraising
campaign was created by WTAA Trustee Chairman, George Catavolos, to
provide funding for the restoration of the Lincoln statue. The
campaign had three donations levels: Crimson - $75; Gray $150, and
Warrior - $250. Donors were recognized on a plaque that was
attached to the statue with the donor names and contribution
levels. The campaign was very successful and raised more than
enough funds to pay for the restoration.
project was undertaken by Maxzolini Artcraft (for statuary repair),
one of Cleveland's most prominent companies. The restoration
project was completed in 2011 and Lincoln returned "home." Home
for about a year was in Room 101 at West Tech. With the 100-year
celebration plans in the works for 2012, the statue would be moved
in the West Tech Museum (the old auditorium) where it would be part
of the anniversary celebration events. Currently, the Lincoln
statue is prominently on display in the West Tech Museum and is the
first thing you see when you enter the Museum.
Jones '56 and her husband Doyle constructed and installed the
protective rail around the statue, as well as giving it a cleaning
and shine up.
pictures of the Lincoln statue, first a picture as he stood at West
Tech from 1919 to when the school closed in 1995. The second
picture showing just Lincoln's head before restoration. The third
picture is a current photo of the statue, as it stands today. The
WTAA is very proud to display the Lincoln statue at the West Tech
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