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.
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.