LINCOLN, Neb. — A Lincoln high school has dedicated a rocket that replaces the school symbol that went missing more than 25 years ago.

The Lincoln Air Force Base donated a Nike Ajax missile in the 1960s to serve as a symbol for the Northeast High School Rockets. But the symbol on the front lawn was a target for vandals from rival high schools until it disappeared for good in 1990.

A 1991 Northeast graduate, Jason Lemon, led efforts to raise $55,000 for the replacement.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports ( ) that the rocket monument lauded at Monday’s ceremony is 16 feet long. Its nose stands 22 feet off the ground and its stand is planted firmly enough that the rocket isn’t likely to be stolen.

Information from: Lincoln Journal Star,

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