Stephanie Stanton, Martin Proctor
A group has started a foundation that is dedicated to renovate the athletic stadium and football field at Abraham Lincoln High School. The goal is to create a safer playing environment for athletes and the youth of Lincoln Heights.
A group of Lincoln High School alumni have gotten together to not only honor one of Southern California’s most revered athletes, but to promote the long overdue rehabilitation of the LHS sports stadium and track facility.
In the mid 1930's Kenneth S. "Kingfish" Washington played at Lincoln High. He then went on to become one of the first African-Americans to play in the National Football League in the modern, post-World War II, era.
"He's someone I think we should all look up to," according to Lincoln High running back, Danny Querra. "He really dedicated himself to Lincoln football."
But since his time at Lincoln High, the field has degraded significantly.
So, as part of efforts to remedy the situation, the 1st Annual Kenny Washington Memorial Game was held Friday night.
The Kenny Washington Stadium Foundation wanted to use that event to share with the community their vision for the development of the field.
The group hopes to start with five goals to improve the field, according to their website.
- Installation of an artificial playing surface on the Football/Soccer field
- Renovation of the school athletic track
- Installation of a video-capable scoreboard
- Installation of a bronze statue of Kenny Washington
- Redesign and rebuilding of school stadium seating and press box construction
The they hope to complete those major renovations in about four years.