Submitted By Nu Phan, Special to the Signal Tribune
Charles Augustus Lindbergh Middle School will be commemorating the 80th Anniversary of Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927. Through will and determination, he was able to take on the daunting task of piloting himself across the Atlantic on May 20, 1927.
In recognition of his strength, Long Beach Unified School District dedicated one of its middle schools to be named after Lindbergh in 1931.
Lindbergh Middle School opened its doors in 1931 as a two-story middle school for the youth of Long Beach.
After the 1933 earthquake severely damaged the school, it reopened in 1935 as the “Home of the Eagles.” Since then, student success and improved student achievement have been the primary goal at the middle school, where Lindbergh’s history and tenacity lives on.
Teachers and students display the many attributes of Charles Lindbergh in their dedication to teaching and motivation to learn.
Eleanor Weems, a former teacher at Lindbergh Middle School, recalled one of her fondest memories was getting to fly with Charles Lindbergh on one of his barnstorming trips.
She recalled that cost of her ticket was $3, which at that time was a fairly expensive flight. Lindbergh used this money to finance future flights.
To mark the occasion, Lindbergh Middle School, will have a reception at 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, in the Lindbergh Library. The school is located at 1022 East Market Street in Long Beach.