Elizabeth Mitchell Sherman (September 5, 1859 - June 27, 1937) was a long-time educator in Oakland, and the namesake of Sherman Elementary School.

Sherman was born in San Francisco in 1859, to William Sherman and Anna Margaret Shew (Sherman). She graduated from Oakland High School in 1878 (the same year as Margaret Wythe). 1

She began teaching, and in 1887 was teaching at Lafayette Elementary School (along with Margaret Wythe). By 1907, she was the principal of the school. A 1909 article refers to her as the supervisor of grammar instruction.

In addition to teaching, Sherman was also involved in teacher associations both at the city and county level, as well as various charities. She was also a member of the Oakland Business and Professional Women's Club. In 1914, she traveled to Minnesota for the NEA (National Education Association) convention, and along with the Superintendent of Schools, A. C. Barker, was happy to report that in 1915 the convention would be held in Oakland.

From at least 1919 to 1927, she was principal of Jefferson Elementary School.

Death and Legacy

Sherman retired about 1928. By the start of the 1931 school year, the elementary school had been named in her honor. [ still trying to find details ]

She continued to be active through at least 1934, when she was once again a delegate to the NEA convention. She died June 27, 1937, and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, along with her parents and brothers. 2

Links and References

  1. 1878 OHS Memorial
  2. Elizabeth Mitchell Sherman on FindAGrave.com