Students at Lincoln School learn about former principal Warren “Billy” Cherry. RoundTable photo

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On April 12, the Lincoln School community gathered together for the dedication and reinstallation of the Warren Cherry Memorial Tree, uprooted during the school’s recent renovation.

Warren Cherry was a highly respected Evanston educator and Lincoln School’s beloved principal from 1979 to 1990. The Warren W. “Billy” Cherry Scholarship Fund and the Lincoln PTA sponsored the rededication of the tree. The fund, established after Warren Cherry’s untimely death in 1990 provides financial assistance for graduates of ETHS who wish to pursue an associate or bachelor degree in education or youth work.

  Despite the dreary April weather on that Friday afternoon, people from near and far came out to celebrate the man who touched so many lives.

In attendance were educators who worked alongside Mr. Cherry, past students who fondly remember the kind-hearted principal who referred to them as his “Super Stars” and current Lincoln School families curious about the man whose distinguished portrait has hung in the school’s hallway for the past 20-some years.

Sandy Vitantonio, a retired Lincoln School teacher and a Warren W. “Billy” Scholarship Fund board member said Mr. Cherry was a unique individual with
a strong dedication to Lincoln School and District 65.

“I believe it’s important to educate the current students about Mr. Cherry, how he fits into the history of Lincoln School and why the ‘Cherry Tree’ was planted in his memory,” she said.

  The Warren W. “Billy” Cherry Scholarship Fund is hosting a celebration in honor of the Fund’s 20th anniversary on Aug. 17, 2013, at the Evanston Golf Club. All are welcome to attend. Event proceeds will benefit the Warren W. “Billy” Cherry Scholarship Fund. Those wishing more information may contact Patty Reece at

Anne Bodine

Anne Bodine, Community News Editor, has been a part of The Evanston RoundTable since 2008 as a reporter covering businesses and institutions; arts and entertainment; and health and wellness. More recently,...