The Forest is protected!

Cleveland High School Memorial Forest Conservation Easement Agreement with King County and Memorandum of Understanding with the Cleveland High School Alumni Association

On March 10, 2021 the Cleveland High School Alumni Association was successful in its efforts to convince Seattle Public Schools (SPS) to sell the development rights to the Memorial Forest to King County Parks Department (KCPD). This major accomplishment means

  • SPS retains ownership of the property
  • SPS collects $3.47 million from KCPD
  • Easement placed on the property to restrict development
  • Property is added to KCPD Forest Conservation plan
  • CHS alumni can rest assured that the property is protected.

Details about this meeting can be found at

CHSAA and SPS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for CHSAA use of the Forest, including:
  • CHSAA is allowed to provide a new concrete sign “The Cleveland High School Memorial Forest”
  • SPS will consider rebuilding the existing lyceum ($120K-$150K)
  • CHSAA and SPS will consider a feasibility study for managing the CHS Memorial Forest, featuring selective harvesting and replanting

In 2021 the CHSAA donated $35,000 for CHS scholarships

Additional 2021 Accomplishments

10,000 Trees Planted

CHS students and staff planted 10,000+ trees to make the CHS Memorial Forest what it is today.

The Landon Plaque

The Ed Landon plaque, which was conceived by Mary Ann Bosnich McCord ’57 and designed by John Barton ’54 and Bernie Moskowitz ’57. This is a bronze plaque located in the Ed Landon Library at Cleveland High School.

The Granite Monument

The purpose of the granite monument is to replace the bronze plaques that listed our fallen heroes who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces of the United States during World War II, The Korean War and the Vietnam War. The bronze plaques were ripped off and likely sold as scrap metal. The granite monument was designed by John Barton ’54 with assistance from Patricia Sullivan Rosenkranz ’49 who wrote the book Honored Dead, which tells the story of the Cleveland High School ‘Gold Star Men’ who died while serving in World War II.

CHS Veteran's Memorial

The CHS Veteran’s memorial, which was conceived by Bernie Moskowitz ’57 and designed by John Barton ’54, Bernie Moskowitz ’57 and Mary Lou (Zarkades) Barton ’54. 

This memorial is located at Tahoma National Cemetery in Covington Washington where Bernie is the lead bugler.