Lincoln Prep breaks ground on new campus 

Photo by Glenn Lewis

Lincoln Preparatory School held a groundbreaking ceremony on their new state-of-the-art Lincoln Preparatory School complex, located at 1453 West Martin Luther King Jr Avenue in Grambling, Monday. 

“This is an amazing day,” said Gordan Ford, executive director of Lincoln Prep. “Our faculty, staff, students and community are so excited to finally reach this day. We can’t wait to move in next school year. Today, we will celebrate and recognize the many people who helped us get to this point in our history. We will recognize our current and former board members, along with former principals and other community leaders.”  

It has been nearly 40 years since the last K-12 education building was built in Grambling and nearly 70 years since a full school complex was constructed in Grambling. The former Grambling Laboratory School Complex was originally constructed in 1953. A new high school wing was added in 1965 and a new elementary building was built in 1982.  

Ford and the school thanked the Grambling High Foundation Board of Directors, the City of Grambling, Mayor Edward Jones, the Grambling City Council, Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and State Representatives Patrick Jefferson and Chris Turner, Grambling State University President Rick Gallot, the Louisiana State Treasurer John Schroder, and the State Bond Commission, the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, Caroline Roemer and her team at the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, and many others.  

Ford and the school also expressed their gratitude to former Grambling Mayor Richard Gallot and Dr. Mildred Gauthier Gallot for selling them the property for the new school.  

State Representative Patrick Jefferson provided the keynote address for the event.  

“What a historic day for North Louisiana in general and Grambling minor and major in particular,” Jefferson said. “Long live the great educational tradition of Ole Grambling High through Lincoln Prep. Congratulations to Headmaster Ford, the board and all who make up the Lincoln Prep Family. The construction of this state-of-the-art facility will cement its rightful place in the grand fashion of the great educational fortresses this area is known for. Way to go, Panther Nation.” 

The new Lincoln Preparatory School campus is scheduled to open in November 2022. The campus will feature a 100,000 sq. ft. classroom building, with a library; science, computer, and robotics labs; a school-based clinic; a 1,000-seat gymnasium, with locker rooms, workout and training spaces; along with a new football stadium; fieldhouse; and future baseball and softball fields.  

The general contractor for the school project is Lincoln Builders of Ruston. They work with M3A Architecture of Jackson, Mississippi, and project manager Volkert, Inc.  

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