History: June 1, 2013 Harris Matarazzo, LHSAA Chair, constitutes the LHSAA Hall of Honor

Mission statement: To honor Lincoln graduates who have left lasting marks in many fields of endeavor and should be recognized to inspire today’s students in the Lincoln spirit of doing one’s best and always striving for excellence with integrity as embodied by Abraham Lincoln himself.

Qualifications – Nominees must have:

  • Graduated from LHS more than 10 years prior to induction
  • Achieved outstanding success in his or her career
  • Made a significant contribution to the community or to society
  • Demonstrated distinction in professional, public and/or community service
  • Demonstrated a positive influence on the lives of others

Mark Rothko No. 6 abstract geometric painting

Mark Rothko, Class of 1921

Brenda Helser 1948.jpg

Brenda Helser

Class of 1940

The Simpsons' Creator Is 'Still Proud' of This Controversial Character

   Matt Groening, Class of 1972

                       David Bangsberg                        Colin O'Brady

           Class of 1980                           Class of 2002   

2013 - 2019 Inductees

Ruth Arbuckle, Beloved LHS Teacher, Student Mentor, and College Counselor.

Mel Blank, Class of 1929 

World famous vocal artist for Looney Tunes Cartoons, Warner Bros. Studios, Universal Studios, & Walter Lantz Productions. Voiced virtually every major character in the Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoon pantheon.

Jim Grelle, Class of 1955

1960 Rome Olympic Games Athlete.

Broke the National High School record by 5.4 seconds - claimed the World Junior Mile record; broke the 4 minute barrier on 21 occasions - the most "sub-4s" of any athlete in the world at that time. Inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1981; Mt. SAC Relays Hall of Fame in 1991; Oregon Ducks Hall of Fame in 1994.

Stanley David Griggs, Class of 1957

Rear Admiral U.S. Navy Pilot. NASA Space Astronaut recipient of the NASA Space Flight Medal; NASA Achievement Award; NASA Sustained Superior Performance Award. Piloted over 45 different types of aircraft including single and multi engine prop, turboprop and jet aircraft, helicopters, gliders, hot air balloons and the Space Shuttle as a certified flight instructor and research pilot for Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.

David E. Jeremiah Class of 1951 

Vietnam War Veteran. United States Navy Admiral who served as the second Vice Chairman and acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff & Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff United States Pacific Fleet Task Force. Investment Banker. President of Technology Strategies & Alliances Corporation.

Mickey Lolich, Class of 1958

Major League Baseball record for career strikeouts by a left-handed Pitcher. Only left-handed Pitcher with three complete World Series games. Detroit Tigers (1963–1975); New York Mets (1976); San Diego Padres (1978–1979). 3× All-Star (1969, 1971, 1972). World Series champion (1968). World Series MVP (1968). MLB wins leader (1971). MLB strikeout leader (1971).

David McCord, Class of 1917

Writer, Poet, and Executive Director of   the Harvard College Fund 1925-1963.

Literary Awards: Golden Rose;  Guggenheim Fellow 1954; National Institute of Arts and Letters grant 1961; The first national award for Excellence     in Poetry for Children from the National Council of Teachers of English 1977; Benjamin Franklin Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts in London.

Richard Neuberger, Class of 1930

WW II Veteran. New York Times Journalist. Oregon House Representative 1941-42. Oregon Senator 1949-54. Challenged U.S. Congress to amend the Oregon Native American Klamath Tribe Termination Law and the 1954 United States Native American Termination Act.

Maureen Brown Neuberger

Oregon House Representative 1950-55. Oregon Senator 1960-67 and Board of directors of the American Association   for the United Nations. 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed her as a member of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. 1965-68 co-chaired Vice President Hubert Humphrey's task force on Women's Goals and a College Professor of American Government.

Johnny Pesky, Class of 1939

WW II Veteran. Major League Baseball All Star Player for the Boston Red Sox  in 1946. Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Boston Red Sox (1942, 1946–1952)

Detroit Tigers (1952–1954)

Washington Senators (1954)

Boston Red Sox Team Manager

(1963–1964, 1980)

Mark Rothko, Class of 1921 

World Renowned Painter of Fine Art. Painting No. 6 (Violet, green and red) sold at Sotheby's for $186 million - Recorded as the sixth Most Expensive Paintings in the World. 

In  2023,the Louis Vuitton Foundation  curated the first retrospective in France dedicated to Mark Rothko since the exhibition held at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1999. The retrospective brings together some 115 works from the largest international institutional collections, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Tate in London, and the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., and from private collections, including the artist's family collection.

2020 - 2021 Inductees

Harry Glickman, Class of 1941 

WW II Veteran. Journalist, promoter, and Sports Management Executive;  Founder of the Portland Trail Blazers NBA Basketball Team. President of the Portland Trail Blazers NBA Basketball Team 1987 to 1994.

Dr. James Goodrich, Class of 1964 

International Elite Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Teacher, and Mentor. Pioneered neurological surgery procedure for separation of conjoined twins. Awarded Best Doctor in America. 2018 Award for the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tom Hallman Class of 1971

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for journalism feature writing. 2001 American Society of Newspaper Editors winner; 1997 American Society of Newspaper Editors winner; 2001 National Society of Professional Journalists winner; 1997 National Society of Professional Journalists. 

Elmer Kolberg, Class of 1935

World War II Veteran. National Football League halfback, center, fullback and end player for the Philadelphia Eagles & the Pittsburgh Steelers.  LHS three-time all-league selection in football and basketball; PIL Hall of Fame; Oregon State University: Basketball All-Coast Star guard player.

Hans Linde Class of 1941 

WW II Veteran. Oregon Supreme Court Judge and Law Professor. Member of Oregon's Commission on Constitutional Revision for the Oregon Law Commission. Emeritus Member of the Council of the American Law Institute.

Bill Porter Class of 1954

National top salesman for Watkins Home & Cleaning Products. Unable to gain employment due to his cerebral palsy, he refused to go on disability. Convinced Watkins Incorporated to give him a door-to-door salesman job, and worked for the company walking his seven mile sales route 5 days a week for over forty years 

Colin O'Brady Class of 2002

Elite Endurance Athlete, Adventurer, and Author. Four time World Record holder for Global Ultra-Extreme Endurance Sport competitions. Highest world rankings:

World Record Speed Holder for Explorers Grand Slam (Last Degree), Three Poles Challenge, and 50 Highest Points

2021 Inductees

David Bailey, 50 year Lincoln High School career teaching Government, Economics, and Journalism (1968-2018). 45 years as Head Coach for LHS Cross Country teams.

Earle A Chiles, Class of 1923 

President of Fred Meyer, Inc.; Founder of Chiles Foundation; Founder of the Chiles Center at the University of Portland; University of Oregon Foundation Director; President of the Portland State University Foundation

Scott Cress, Class of 1964

LHS All Star Athlete; First Team All-PIL Offensive Back; National Football Foundation Offensive Back; First Team All-PIL; MVP in Metro-State Baseball series.

Matt Groening, Class of 1972

Internationally acclaimed Cartoonist, Writer, Producer, and Animator. Creator of The Simpsons: Longest running U.S. television primetime animated & sitcom series in history; 11 Emmy Awards for animated series.

Kathleen Hart, Class of 1978

One of Lincoln's first female 4-year, 3 sport All Star Athletes; First Female Gatorade All-American Recipient.

Julian Illingworth, Class of 2002

Highest-ranked American Squash player of all-time. 9-time U.S. National Squash Champion; 2012-2013 Inaugural US Pro Squash Series Champion; Member of the 2014 PSA World Squash Tour.

Nathane Mathabane, Class of 2004

2004 Gatorade Player of the Year.

PIL and State Champion; 3000m State Champion ; Princeton University: Record set for 4x800m; 2013 “Spirit of Princeton” award for exceptional service to the University Community.

Doug Morten, LHS Teacher

31 years of education & coaching Tennis to Lincoln High School students. Coached 853 District wins and 3 State Championships.

Dr. Robert Pamplin, Jr., Class of 1960

Author, Publisher, and Proprietor of Pamplin Media. Philanthropist, historic and land preservationist.

Chet Orloff, Class of 1967

Pamplin International Collection of Art & History; Liaison to Pamplin Historical Park & National Museum of the Civil War. Founder of Museum of the City. Principal, Oregon History Works; Director Emeritus, Oregon Historical Society.


2022 Inductees

Dr. David Bangsberg, Class of 1980

International Pioneer of HIV/AIDS care, disaster response, cancer care, and medical technology & innovation. Founding Dean, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Director of MGH Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Global Health Mentor and outdoor sportsman.

John Elwood "Bud" Clark Jr.,

Class of 1949

2 term Mayor of Portland 1985 - 1992.

Created the nationally recognized     12-Point Homeless Plan. Iconic poster model for "Expose Yourself to Art". Proprietor of the Goose Hollow Inn Tavern.

Walter Cole-Darcelle XV Class of 1950 

Korean War Veteran. Movies: Sinister Cinema (1987), Queens of Heart: Community Therapists in Drag (2006)  and Maisie (2021). Published Author. Guinness World Records holder for

“Oldest Working Drag Queen”. Owner & Star performer of Darcelle XV Showplace. Recipient of the City of Portland's "Spirit of Portland Award". Grand Marshal of the Portland Rose Festival Starlight Parade.

Todd Harris, Class of 1983

American television sports commentator for NBC Sports and NBCSN. Focused on X Games, IndyCar Racing, NBA Playoffs, Olympics, Tour de France, and extreme sports coverage. International lead play-by-play voice of the SailGP World Tour.

Brenda Helser, Class of 1940 

1948 London Summer Olympic Games Gold Medalist, Won the Women's 4×100-meter Freestyle Relay. 1939 – 1948 Won 58 individual National Swimming Titles & Three National Team Swimming Championships. Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Athlete.

Kendall Johnson, Class of 2009

1st Team All-PIL; Won 3x 1st Team All-State; Won 2x State Soccer Championship, 2x State Soccer Player of the Year; ESPN 1st Team All-American;

2012 WCC Defender of the Year.

Portland Thorns Professional Soccer Team Championship.Winner.

Joy Lawrence, Class of 1994

1994 Rose Festival Queen. LHS All Star Athlete in Soccer, Basketball, Softball, and Varsity Football Kicker.

Christy Kacey-Krietz MacColl,

Class of 1996

LHS All Star Athlete; Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Track & Field; PIL Hall of Fame Athlete.

Robin Marks, Class of 1980 

The first crowned black Queen of both the

Rose Festival and the Fiesta Bowl. PIL Hall of Fame Athlete. 2x State Champion; State Champion in long jump; 2x Member of State Champion Mile Relay Team; LHS Letter Winner in basketball. Member of the PIL Championship Team. University of Arizona Four-year Track and Field Letter Winner; Inducted into the University of Arizona Hall of Fame.

Jordan Polk, Class of 2008

LHS All Star Athlete, PIL Hall of Fame Athlete.; University of Washington, 2nd in receiving yards and 1st in touchdowns. 3 Track & Field letters, holds indoor 60m University record.

Lauren Thies, Class of 1997

US National Champion Swimmer 1996 and 2001.Olympic Trials 1996 National Swim Team Member. Placed 4th in the 2007 Pan American Games – Women's 100m freestyle. PIL Hall of Fame Athlete1999-2000 won Six All-American honors.

2023 Inductees

Kevin Freeman, Class of 1959

Olympic Games Equestrian Events Silver Medalist 1964, 1968, 1972;

1963 Pan American Games Gold & Silver Competition Medalist; Inducted into the United States Eventing Association Hall of Fame along at the 1972 Olympics; 1991 Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Inductee.

Bob Duden, Class of 1939

Inducted into the PGA PNW Hall of Fame in 1993; Inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1995;

PGA Oregon Crown Record for 8 Wins:

3x Winner PGA PN Championship

3x Winner PGA PN Oregon Open

3x Winner PGA PN Washington Open

2x Winner PGA  British Columbia Open

7x Winner PGA Senior Championship

1977 PGA Cup -Tied for 1st Place

1979 PGA Pay Less Classic Winner

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