This website is designed for alumni of Commerce-Cleveland High School in Portland, Oregon. Our intent is to maintain this site as a means to let alums know about all events designed for alumni. We will also post items of interest related to current activities at Cleveland High School. We welcome your comments at any time. Write us at email@example.com
Hey!It’s a great time for a Commerce-Cleveland
High School Alumni Association Membership Drive! CHS graduates, or any
supporters of CHS are welcome to join for an annual fee of $20.One of the main missions of the Alumni
Association is to provide grants to the various departments at Cleveland (Math,
Science, Music, Arts, Athletics, Speech and Debate, etc.). The benefits of
membership include receiving the Fall and Spring Newsletters which keep you
informed of the activities of the Association.The benefits of connecting with your high school are priceless!! For
further information, please contact:
The Commece-Cleveland Alumni Association (CCHSAA) is approximately 1000 members strong. We have room for so many more and your membership makes you a part of the program to assist Cleveland High in its pursuit of excellence.
Membership also insures that you are kept informed about reunions, picnics, golf outings and other social events initiated by the alumni association. There is a newsletter published twice a year that will keep you up to date on things related to Cleveland High and its Commerce and Cleveland alums as well as current activity in and about the school. Much can also be found on the blog maintained at www.chs-alum.blogspot.com.
CHS played an important part in shaping our lives. Perhaps you want to "give a little back." Perhaps you want to know what is going on at the school today. Membership in the CCHSAA will help you reach either goal. Just click on the link just below the picture of the school for your membership application.
As you scroll through the pictures, make sure to click on "Older Posts" at the bottom of each page in order to see all members. There are 10 coaches and over 150 athletes currently in the Mel Krause Athletic Hall of Fame. Many of these same athletes are also in the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.
Commerce-Cleveland High School Alumni Association
If you would like to nominate a former CHS athlete (Commerce or Cleveland), please use the form here and send your nomination to CCHSAA at PO Box 82898, Portland, Oregon 97202 or email to CCHSAA@gmail.com.
Commerce-Cleveland High School Alumni Association
I will be 90 years old in September, but always appreciate reading the alumni magazine sent. While at Commerce I was not active in sports, but at the old age of 68, I joined the YMCA, and they talked me into competing in races. I have won many gold medals in Idaho in my age category. I do 50, 100, and 200 meter races and the long jump and triple jump. Unfortunately, a little over a year ago I fell and tore the main tendon from my left ankle. The surgeon said I was too old to have surgery, but started physical therapy about 6 months ago. I hope to get back to jogging soon. Pat Fujii
Each year, the Alumni Association reviews nominations from you, our fellow alumni, that enumerate the qualifications for selection as one of our Distinguished Alumni. Once the selections are made, the inductees are invited to be in Portland for induction ceremony held on the first Sunday in March. The intent, at that event, is to honor recipients and to convey to them our pride in their accomplishments. The day after induction, inductees are invited to meet with students in classes relevant to their career. This has been an enjoyable experience, as expected, for the students but we have been very pleased to hear how much the recipients have enjoyed that same inter-action.
The induction ceremony is open to all alumni and friends that would like to be included. Tickets are priced only to cover our costs for food and location. We do attempt to advise as many members of the recipient's class so that they might join in honoring their classmate.
Please click on the link at the bottom of this section to see the individual biographies of this most impressive group.
The Commerce-Cleveland Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Citations known as the "Order of the Feather" were first presented in 2009. There are now eighteen members of this illustrious group. Each and every one of those selected were nominated by someone like you.
These awards are intended to highlight Commerce-Cleveland alums who have significant accomplishments in their chosen fields and who have become "beacons" for current students.
The award recipients are encouraged to visit Cleveland to share their experiences in classes related to their field of expertise. This sharing can truly enrich the students who will have tangible evidence of what is possible for them if they study and work hard while living an honorable life.
Nominations are accepted from alums as well as others who know and can truly represent the nominee's credentials. A committee of Alumni Board members will make the final determination of the year's award recipients in March of each year. Up to three awards may be granted each year and the honorees will be invited to CHS and to a reception in their honor.
Click on the Historical Pictures link to read about this year's winners and more about the criteria for selection.
If you know of an alumni that you believe would merit consideration as a "distinguished alumni", please fill out both pages of the nomination form shown below and mail them to the Commerce-Cleveland Alumni Association at PO Box 82898-Portland, Oregon 97202.
To read more about the criteria used to select from the nominees, please click on the link below.
The Cleveland yearbook adviser tells the Alumni Association that the school is in possession of 800 unsold copies of yearbooks from 2000 to the present.
For $10 per yearbook paid to the CCHSAA (Cleveland Commerce Alumni Association), we will mail your book to you freight prepaid. The money will go back to the school using the various forms in which the Alumni Association, along with the school Principal, chooses.
To commemorate the 100 years of Cleveland High School
a Centennial Edition Yearbook was assembled and published in time for the Centennial Celebration in 2016. The book is continually being updated. The current book covers from the school founding until the end of the 2018 school year.
The book features:
School History from School Yearbooks 1916-2018
National News Headlines Relevant to Classes of the Times
"Best Pictures" taken from all yearbooks
Pictures of all Rose Festival Royalty
Pictures and Bios of our Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
Pictures of all our Rose Festival Princesses and Queens
Pictures of all members of the Mel Krause Athletic Hall of Fame
Pictures of most student body presidents
Pictures of every yearbook cover since Commerce was founded.
To order your copy, go to www.cchsaa.picaboo.com. You can then decide whether to order a hard bound edition or, for $10 less, a soft cover . The added freight is less than $10 per book. The books usually arrive within 10 days of order placement. .
The 250-page book is priced to cover our cost of production plus $10 per unit sold that is passed on to the
CCHSAA Scholarship Foundation.
The following pictures will give you a preview of its contents.
Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients listed in order of picture left to right: Georgia Hastie (Performing Arts Scholarship), Heather DiStefano (Media/Visual Arts Scholarship), Samuel Wagner (Science/Math Scholarship), Andrew Ho ((alter J. Cooney Business Scholarship) and Gwen Weber (Don Mitchell Ironman/Woman Scholarship). Congratulations to our 2018 recipients.
2015 Scholarship Award Winners
We wish continued success for these truly outstanding students.
Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients listed in order of picture left to right: Andy Yu (Science/Math Scholarship), Emma Hadley (Performing Arts Scholarship, Kendall Marlia Cooper (Communications Scholarship), Dahabo Amin (Don Mitchell Ironman/Woman Scholarship) and Anastasiya Guzenko (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship). We wish continued success for these outstanding students.
2014 Scholarship Award Winners
Left to Right
Callie Krevanko (Communications Scholarship)
Alex Chapparo (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship)
Caroline Baber (Science/Match Scholarship)
Alexi Bloom Herring (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Molly Starr (Performing Arts Scholarship)
2013 Scholarship Award Winners
Left to Right
Luoyi Farestrand (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship)
Jessica Faunt (Communications Scholarship)
Gabriel Rowell (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
Mitchell Linegar (Science/Math Scholarship)
Joseph Cullen (Performing Arts Scholarship)
2012 Scholarship Award Winners
Front Row: John Niman, Susan Chen, Rachel Evans
Back Row: Stephen "Alex" Karter, Charolette Larson
Left to Right: Cassidy Bacon, Gudatu Wotcha, Kinsey White, Amanda Knutsen
Amanda Knutsen (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship),
Gudatu Wotcha (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship),
Kinsey White (Communcations Scholarship), and
Cassidy Bacon (Performing Arts Scholarship).
2010 Scholarship Award Winners
Sara Hsu, Joellen Sweeney, Matthew Marquette, Katherine Barger
Congratulations to Sara Hsu (Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship), Joellen Sweeney (Performing Arts Scholarship), Matthew Marquette (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship) and Katherine Barger (Communications Scholarship). We wish continued success for these truly outstanding students.
2009 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS
MENG PAULSEN, MATT FAUNT, LEE ROSCH, JULIA STEIG
Congratulations to Matt Faunt (The Performing Arts Scholarship), Meng Paulsen (The Walter J. Cooney Scholarship), Lee Rosch (The Communications Scholarship), and Julia Steig (The Don Mitchell Ironman Scholarship). Our best wishes for their continued success.
Aaron Opsahl (Walter J. Cooney Business Scholarship)
The Commerce Cleveland Alumni Association has been in existence since 2001. CCHSAA maintains the website you are now viewing. We also publish two newsletters annually for distribution to members of the CCHSAA. Our annual golf tournament/auction is our largest fundraiser of the year. The surplus from that event supports all the work CCHSAA does with the school. That includes donations to athletics, computer labs, the arts and a host of other activities at the school. We need help each year to insure that expenses do not exceed revenue. Membership dues cover the cost of the newsletter. All other expenses must come from the golf tourney and your donations. Please click here http://db.tt/QgDqSZwi
to make a donation to CCHSAA general fund.
Each year the scholarship committee awards five scholarships to deserving CHS students. Any donations designated for Scholarship are combined with interest earned on monies invested for CHS by the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) to fund those five scholarships. Donations are critical to the continuance of this important funding for our best and brightest students as they pursue their continued education. We thank all of you for your help.
A list of past donors can be found in past copies of our alumni newsletter. Those can be found at