Memorial Garden

 
 
The Lane Tech Memorial Garden is located in the inner courtyard of the building and is dedicated to students who have lost their lives in defense of our country. At the east end of the formal garden is a bronze statue of a young Native American, created by the artist, J. Szaton. It is called, "Shooting the Stars" and it symbolically urges students to set their sights on lofty goals.

At the west end of the Memorial Garden is the Ramo I. Zenkich Memorial, consisting of a flag pole and granite monument inscribed with the names of the students from Lane Tech who lost their lives in the Vietnam conflict.

At the center of the Memorial Garden is the large rectangular-shaped pond with two WPA-funded statues by the sculptor, Charles Umlauf. These two cast-stone fountain figures, called "Boys with Sea Forms" were completed in 1941 and complement the Memorial Garden’s aesthetics.

The Memorial Garden was rededicated in 1998. During the school's 90th anniversary celebration in 1998, a commemorative plaque was placed near the "Shooting the Stars" statue. It explains the significance of the Memorial Garden to Lane Tech and its students. In the summer of 2009, the Memorial Garden underwent a complete renovation and was made more accessible for all members of the Lane Tech community to enjoy. The Memorial garden was rededicated in May, 2010 to reflect the contributions made by supporters of the renovation.