Lincoln@50: Leaving a Legacy
As Lincoln looks forward to celebrating 50 years of building a strong community, we rely on memories and anecdotes from some of the oldest members of our community. One such member is Frances McNulty, one of the founders of Lincoln Community School. It is a gift to see Lincoln through her eyes as she recaps some of the earliest days on campus.
"Lincoln Community School opened on October 15th, 1968. In those days families took vacations for three months (international companies gave vacations to employees every other year for three months) so it was better to start later in the year when everyone was back. The school began with a full set of classes which went from grades 1 to 6. Later on grades 7 and 8 were added. Many of the first teachers were spouses from the US embassy. In those days the State Department did not guarantee a job for trailing spouses so they encouraged them to work at the school. The Office of Overseas Schools (OOS) did get involved quickly after the school was started. At first USG families were reluctant to send their kids to the school. They prefered boarding school even for the young students. Once the OOS gave the go ahead to LCS, USG families started to enrol. The first year, the students were all from international companies like Texaco, StarKist and Mobil, or from Ghanaian families who had been educated abroad.
The name Lincoln came by a vote from the parents. We had parents vote on a slip of paper and Lincoln got the highest votes. The school was not affiliated with another school in the U.S. Most Heads of the School stayed two years. Mr. Elbert was the first. The school was quite big to start with. Grades 1 to 3 had at least ten to fifteen students in each. The upper grades might have been combined. But the school began because of demand in the international community. The first Head Of School was Mr. Elbert. I believe the OOS helped in getting the Head Of School. There was no Board in the first few years. When a Board was formed, my husband Bill McNulty was nominated. He stayed on the Board and became President for several years. I later joined the Board as well. Bill McNulty found the school land located in Abelemkpe and convinced the government to lease it to the school on a long term lease."
As we draw closer to the 50th Anniversary weekend in November, we will be sharing short anecdotes from some of the people who helped build the school. Stay tuned!