A timeline of Lincoln sports

Lincoln’s major sports events and milestones of the past 150 years, compiled into one timeline.

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1893– First football team is fielded. First football score on record was ‘Portland High School’ beating the Multnomah Athletic Club Juniors, 10-4

1903– Girls’ basketball plays its first game against another team, in Seattle

1908– Lincoln has its first Olympic champion- Forrest Smithson, in the high hurdles in London

1911 – Football team wins first unofficial state championship

1919 – OSAA established. Lincoln wins first official state championship, the inaugura basketball tournament

1921 – School hires Paul Wapato as the first Native American football coach

1924 – Lincoln football plays for the “National Championship” against a team from Toledo. The other team forfeits due to frost on Multnomah field, declaring Lincoln the victor

1930: Lincoln football team plays its first nighttime football game

1948– Lincoln girls’ swim team beats Grant by 1 point at the OSAA championship meet to win the first girls’ OSAA state championship

1965– Jim Grelle breaks the American mile record

1968– Lincoln alum Mickey Lolich wins World Series MVP as a member of the Detroit Tigers, marking the last time a pitcher has won three games in a single World Series

1969– Lincoln alum Richard Sanders becomes the first American wrestler to win a world championship, in addition to his two Olympic silver medals

1972– Title IX instituted, giving girls’ sports equal representation in schools. Five girls’
sports are established in the OSAA in the next five years

1980 – Robin Marks becomes the first African-American Rose Festival queen

2002– Lincoln dance wins its first of eight state championships in nine years. Mike Walsh Field opens, track added two years later.

2007– Trailblazers fund resurfacing of Lincoln’s gym floor

2007-2008 – Girls’ soccer team is ranked second nationally, amassing two state championships and going undefeated both years (a total of 35-0-0)

2018– Colin O’Brady, a Lincoln alum, attempts and completes the first solo, unsupported
and unaided journey across Antarctica