The Sherman Indian Foundation (SIF) is a charitable organization conforming with the requirements of a 501(c)(3) entity. Our Employer ID Number is 94-1622909. The SIF’s mission is to support the educational advancement of students who attend and graduate from Sherman Indian High School, an off-reservation boarding school serving students in grades 9-12. Members of the Foundation are volunteers. Members of the Sherman Indian High School School Board automatically serve on the Foundation Board, but the roles are distinct and two (2) different sets of bylaws direct the activities of both groups. Among the ways in which the Foundation supports Sherman students is through a competitive college scholarship process in which students who have distinguished themselves through their deportment, academic success, and extracurricular involvement are encouraged to apply for a limited number of awards. The current Chair of the Foundation is Mr. Ray Lopez (2013-2014).
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.