The Lane Tech Memorial Garden, located in the
courtyard of the building, was dedicated in May 1945. The
dedication was in honor of the Laneites who died in service to our
country during World War II and in recognition of all the Lane men
who served in the armed forces.
The Memorial Garden is located in the inner courtyard
of the building. At the east end of the garden is a bronze statue
of a young Native American created by the artist J. Sazton. It is
called “Shooting the Stars” and was a gift of the classes
1943-1947. The statue symbolically reminds students they should
have high aspirations.
At the west end of the garden is the Ramo I. Zenkich
Memorial, consisting of a flag pole and granite monument inscribed
for the Lane students who lost their lives in the Vietnam conflict.
A large rectangular pond is in the center of the
garden. It houses two WPA-funded statues by the sculptor Charles
Umlauf. The two cast-stone figures are fountains, and are called
“Boys with Sea Forms”, completed in 1941.
The Memorial Garden was rededicated in 1998, marking
the school’s 90th anniversary. The Lane Tech Alumni
Association presented the school with a commemorative plaque placed
near the “Shooting the Starts” statue for visitors to learn the
significance of the garden to Lane Tech and its students. The
Memorial Garden remains a tribute to all Laneites who have served