January 22, 2013
Sherman Indian High School
Sherman Indian High School is an off-reservation boarding high school for Native Americans. It originally opened in 1892 as the Perris Indian School, in Perris, California. The school was relocated to Riverside, California, in 1903, under the name The Sherman Institute. The school was accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1971, it became known as the Sherman Indian High School (www.wikipedia.org). Sherman Indian High School was founded by the US Gov’t in order to assimilate Native Americans into the mainstream society. Sherman Indian High School was originally knwn as the Perris Indian School, which was established in 1892 under the supervision of Mr. M.S. Savage. This was the first off-reservation Indian Boarding School in California. The enrollment then consisted of Southern California Indian children from the Tule River Agency to San Diego County. Students ranged from 5 years old to early 20’s. The main subjects taught were agriculture and domestic science (www.wikipedia.org). The student population was primarily from California Indian Tribes, but there were 8 Pima students in attendance. Hundreds of Native American children were removed from their homes and tribal cultures, sent to these schools to be educated, taught a trade and required to conform to Euro-American society. Bureau policies didn’t allow students to return home for several years, many of whom died and were buried in the school cemetery. In 2010, the school had an enrollment of 334 students. The school serves grades 9 through 12 (www.shermanindianmuseum.org).