By Tim Marsh, Lakes High School Class of 1966
(Apologies to Simon and Garfunkel.)
“Iva Alice Mann almost single handedly founded the Clover Park School District …,” said a Lakewood Historical Society Jan. 1, 2014, story headlined “Get Schooled in Lakewood History With Iva Alice Mann.”
“After 61 years serving students, it’s time to say goodbye to Iva Alice Mann Middle School,” said a May 23, 2020, Facebook posting of the Clover Park School District.
“Students and staff from Woodbrook Middle School have joined those of Mann Middle School in the Clover Park School District newest school Dr. Claudia Thomas Middle School,” wrote David Anderson in a Suburban Times posting on Oct. 5, 2020.
In response to what David Anderson posted, Sherri Thomas wrote, “I loved Claudia Thomas. She was a nice lady. What happened to honoring Iva Alice Mann? Will the name Claudia Thomas also be replaced when no one remembers who she is? I guess memorials are temporary.”
Iva Alice Mann almost single handedly founded the Clover Park School District. There are certainly those who know that. But, as the years go by more and more will say “Iva Alice Mann Who?”
Can the Clover Park School District do better than kicking important people who served the District into the dustbin of history?
Woodbrook was named for the housing subdivision in which it was located.