Soul Train @ Forest Park

Soul Train comes to Forest Park HS. This is part 2 of Forest Park's All Class Reunion Dance. This annual event is hosted by Forest Park alumni and reconnects students across decades. These graduates may be older but they still know how to throwdown - Soul Train style.

 

Forest Park Files: New All Saints Church

One of the long standing institutions of the Forest Park Community is New All Saints Roman Catholic Church (merger of All Saints and Our Lady of Lourdes congregations). It has served as a guide for parishioners and students alike. It is also the venue of choice for Forest Park High School’s annual all-class reunion. Like many other well lived communities, Forest Park neighborhoods have its obstacles but also a rich history that will serve it well into the future. More info on New All Saints in our forthcoming church series.

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The Forest Park Files: Forest Park HS

The historic Forest Park High School opened at its current location in 1981. While the class of 82 was the first to graduate, class of 84 was the first to complete a full term. There are many notables who have attended this cherished institution including film director Barry Levinson, singer Billy Griffin and former Maryland Governor and US Vice President, Spiro T. Agnew. Even the legendary Oprah Winfrey has made her presence felt at Forest Park. In its inaugural school year(1981-82), Oprah - who was just a local celebrity at the time - addressed an auditorium full of students. As she tapped on the microphone she noted how we had a new school but the microphones didn’t work. Most of the students were just happy to be out of class, not realizing how the person standing before them would later impact the world. Today, Forest Park is planning for major renovations. Although not officially confirmed, the plan is to move students at some point to the now defunct Garrison Middle while renovations are made at the high school. The duration is expected to be one year.

C. Green | RockRose Pictures

C. Green | RockRose Pictures

The Forest Park Files: Forest Park HS

Opening in the early 1920’s, Forest Park began as a combination high school/junior high at 4300 Chatham Road. In 1932 Garrison Junior High School opened at Garrison and Barrington Road. Garrison, which later became Garrison Middle School, has recently closed after 80 years of educating Baltimore’s youth. Forest Park stood at Chatham Road for more than five decades. In the late 70’s the building was razed to make way for the current building that sits on Eldorado Avenue.

C. Green | RockRose Pictures

C. Green | RockRose Pictures