About Sherman Indian High School

Sherman Campus
Sherman Indian High School (SIHS) 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 became 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.

Our students represent over 76 federally recognized tribes from across the United States. All students are enrolled members of federally recognized tribes. About 68 % of our students come from reservations throughout the United States. The remaining students come from urban or suburban settings.

Our Mission Statement

Our Sherman community empowers Native students, through opportunities, to find their passion, purpose and power at school and in their communities.


Philosophy Statement

"Through shared decision making the students, staff, parents, school board, and community of SHERMAN INDIAN HIGH SCHOOL will provide a safe, caring, environment in which a balanced program will foster the academic, social, cultural, physical, and spiritual growth of a diverse population of AMERICAN INDIANS in an off-reservation boarding school for post-secondary success.    Bottom Line: Produce A Good Human Being!"

Vision Statement

". . .and to this end, we will cultivate and sustain a learning community (to include all staff, students, parents, guardians, tribal leaders, educational coordinators, and board members) dedicated to continuous learning and renewal through self-improvement and assessment, recommitment and collegial support."