Dear Cleveland High School Family:
This Principal Update comes from Catherine Brown, assistant principal since 2014, and interim principal while Mr. Breland is recovering from knee replacement surgery. Mr. Breland is expected back at the end of January.
It’s been an exciting school year with much to celebrate. We continue to grow our enrollment and are getting very close to filling our buildings to their physical capacity with 913 students. This year we reviewed some post-high school academic data and learned that increasing numbers of Cleveland students are directly enrolling and persisting in college (including vocational and apprenticeship programs) after high school. In fact, our class of 2017 had the highest percentage of African-American students enrolling in college in all of South King County.
Fall sports teams enjoyed great successes, with a brand-new slow pitch team debuting, volleyball and football teams making it to playoffs, cross-country and girls’ swim teams competing at Metros, and our boys’ Ultimate Frisbee team winning the state championship! It’s a first for Cleveland or any other south Seattle high school to win at state. Go Eagles!
We’ve had some great connections with families this fall as well—from a well-attended Eagle Night in October to busy student-led conferences in November. We appreciate the feedback families have given us and their support of students. Our PTSA is hard at work planning this year’s auction (scheduled for Friday, April 24) and has been supporting various classroom and school projects with
funds raised from last year.
Students have also been hard at work this fall; in addition to their academics, students have put on a variety of events and fundraisers through the Associated Student Body (ASB), including a marvelous Multicultural Night celebration and a well-attended Homecoming Dance and spirit week. Our Link Crew program continues to use selected and trained 11th and 12th graders to support 9th graders through mentorship and community-building.
Cleveland continues to be recognized as an especially caring and inclusive school community, where students are challenged and supported. Thanks, alumni, for your support!
Catherine Brown, Assistant Principal
Cleveland High School