Sherman Indian High School is an off-reservation boarding high school for Native Americans. 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. When the school was accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1971, it become known as the Sherman Indian High School.Operated by the Bureau of Indian Education/Bureau of Indian Affairs and the United States Government Department of the Interior, the school serves grades 9 through 12. The school mascot is the Brave and the school colors are purple and yellow. There are 7 dormitory facilities on the SIHS grounds. The male facilities are Wigwam, Ramona, and Kiva. Female facilities are Wauneka, Dawaki, and Winona. The last dorm is a transition dorm, Hogan. In addition to the seven dorms, there is also a set of 13 honor apartments named Sunset. Only 4 dorms are available for students to live in including Wigwam, Kiva, Dawaki, Ramona, and Winona.HistoryAccording to the Sherman Indian Museum, SIHS was founded by the United States Government in order to assimilate Native Americans into the mainstream society.SIHS was originally known as the Perris Indian School, which was established in 1892 under the direction 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 in age from 5 years old to early 20s. The main subjects taught were agriculture and domestic science.
La Sierra High School, located in Riverside, California, United States, is a public high school in the Alvord Unified School District that was founded on August 28, 1969. Errol Garnett is the principal. La Sierra High School's official school colors are navy blue and white. Red is the accent color and has been since the school opened.The two main feeder schools for La Sierra High are Arizona Intermediate and Villegas Intermediate schools. La Sierra's rivals are Norte Vista High School and Hillcrest High School (Riverside, California), the other public high schools in Alvord Unified.HistoryLa Sierra High School opened in 1969 with William Conlon as the first principal. It was a mainly white middle-class school with only about 1500 students. Arizona Middle School was the only feeder middle school at the time.After Conlon left for a position at the district office, Menzia (who came from Norte Vista) became the second principal. After retiring, Marc Jackson became principal. After only two years, he left and interim principals were put into place. Don Austin became the next principal and has since moved on to Laguna Beach High School.Some other changes include student demographics. Although the majority of La Sierra students are still middle-class, 27% use free/reduced price lunch. 55% of the students are Hispanic, making up the majority of English-Learners.Recent eventsIn 2005, La Sierra High School was awarded a 6-year clear accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, making La Sierra High the first comprehensive high school in the entire Inland Empire to earn this distinction.