Seattle population is 80,671.
Religious of the Sacred Heart arrive in Seattle by request of the Most Rev. Edward J. O'Dea, Bishop of Nesqually (later Seattle).
Doors to Forest Ridge Convent of the Sacred Heart, known as "The Little House," open to 29 students. The school is located on Seattle's Capitol Hill at 1013 15th Ave.
New four-story Interlaken Boulevard campus is built in the midst of a grove of fir trees. Tuition averages $80 a year.
The first Forest Ridge graduate receives her diploma.
Enrollment rises to 113 students; 60 of them are residents in the school's boarding facility.
Increased enrollment calls for campus expansion. Barat Hall, a prefabricated wooden structure purchased from a mail-order house, opens on the southwest end of campus, enabling students to play sports in a sheltered area.
Student Maribeth Gerbel is awarded a first-place national prize for her essay, "Advantages of Enlistment in the U.S. Army."
Forest Ridge starts a women's two-year junior college.
Completion of the first Lake Washington Bridge ensures the future growth of Bellevue and Mercer Island.
Enrollment grows to 225 pupils. A new Barat Hall is built, housing a gymnasium, science laboratory, nursery school and kindergarten.
School celebrates its Golden Jubilee.
Enrollment rises to 340 students.
Mother Sabinede Valon, Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart, visits the Forest Ridge campus and reports that the school is no longer suitable for educating young girls. The physical plant requires extensive work, including the logging of numerous trees, which over the years had grown to sufficient size that they block sun, create dampness, and bring about fire safety issues that call for the installation of an indoor sprinkler system and fire doors. After returning to Rome, Mother de Valon sends a letter to the School giving it permission to move.
At the request of her superiors, Sr. Virginia McMonagle leaves El Cajon, California, to become the new principal of Forest Ridge. She is charged with finding and purchasing land and building a new school.
Five potential building sites for the new campus are identified in the areas of: Houghton (now Kirkland); Redmond; Discovery Park, Seattle; and Somerset Hill, Bellevue. Sr. McMonagle is convinced that Somerset is the site, saying, "It's the will of God that Forest Ridge be built on this mountain." The 100-acre parcel is purchased for $3,500 an acre.
Ground is broken for new Somerset campus.
School opens on the new Somerset campus.
Archbishop Thomas A. Connolly dedicates the new Somerset campus.
The Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Education are created to express the values, intentions and hopes of the Sacred Heart tradition. All Sacred Heart schools in the United States use the Goals and Criteria as their philosophical foundation.
The 300-seat Lee Theatre and Performing Arts Center is built.
Shumway Field is built.
School launches pioneer laptop program.
Dr. Mary Magnano Smith '61 becomes the first lay/non-religious head of school. School celebrates bicentennial of Sacred Heart education.
Alumna Genevieve Albers '27 leaves the School $5 million--its largest philanthropic gift to date.
School launches “Boundless Success” Capital Campaign to expand the campus.
School dedicates two new buildings--the High School building and the Sacred Heart Center, which includes a long-awaited chapel.
School celebrates Centennial with myriad special events, including a Gala Dinner and a speech by Melinda Gates.
Forest Ridge embarks upon Strategic Plan for 2008-2013.
Forest Ridge appoints Mark Pierotti as the school's first male Head of School, effective July 1, 2009.
Forest Ridge launches the "Open Your Heart" campaign for scholarship endowment, endeavoring to raise $5 million in matching funds.