Created By: Ithaca Heritage
Located at 501 Mitchell Street, Belle Sherman Elementary School was named after the influential educator, Mary Isabella "Belle" Sherman (1852-1929). Sherman taught science and history in Ithaca schools for 33 years until her retirement in 1908. She was also an accomplished artist.
Sherman received her Bachelor of Science from Lombard University in 1874, a unique accomplishment for a woman in that era. She was well-known throughout the Ithaca community as a devoted and compassionate educator, thus the new elementary school that opened in 1926 became her namesake.
Source: History Center in Tompkins County
This point of interest is part of the tour: Ithaca Women of Note