Basketball: Five years later, Gutierrez remains an inspiration for students at Denver’s Lincoln HS

I skipped Cal’s game Thursday night at Utah to spend part of the day visiting with students and faculty at Abraham Lincoln High School in southwest Denver.

It’s the alma mater of Cal senior guard Jorge Gutierrez, and it’s almost as if he never left.

Most of the 1,900 kids at Lincoln have never met Gutierrez, but it”s obvious he continues to be very much alive on the campus. Lincoln is 97 percent Hispanic, and a large chunk of those students are undocumented arrivals from Mexico.

I visited with two current players on the Lincoln Lancers, along with teachers, coaches and administrators, and Gutierrez’s example continues to inspire them.

The high school purchased 200 tickets for Sunday’s game at Colorado, so Gutierrez will have his own cheering section at the Coors Events Center.

Here’s my story, with photos and video.

Jeff Faraudo