Lake Highlands High School
Class of 1964

Although she didn’t spend much of her life in Lake Highlands, having grown up in Illinois, Sandra Lynch was a member of the first class to graduate from Lake Highlands High School. She was a leader then and remained a trailblazer her entire career, all the way from a Wildcat to the United States Court of Appeals.

Three things to know: 

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She was a hyper-involved Wildcat, back when she went by Sandy Lynch. She was the editor of The Fang, the campus newspaper, and she was a member of Student Council, the Pan American Student Forum, the Creative Writing Club and the National Honor Society. She lettered in tennis, and she was a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

2

She was the first woman ever appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. President Bill Clinton nominated Lynch in 1995 after her predecessor, Stephen Breyer, was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

3

She set a legal precedent by ruling that trading drugs for guns amounted to using a firearm in the trafficking of illicit substances, a criminal violation.