Sherman Park Community Association  - Residents Committed to our Diverse Urban Community
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Sherman Park Neighborhood is situated between North Avenue and Capitol Drive from 30th to 60th Steets on Milwaukee's northwest side. Today, a person can drive through Sherman Park from downtown (only 4 miles away) without much thought. However, it was not always the case, and relative to the rest of the city, it was not too long ago that the commute from downtown to Sherman Park would have been impossible. You see, Sherman Park was once a rural area that lied far outside the city of Milwaukee. Sherman Park was "purchased in 1889 by the city park commission, it was calld North Park and shrubs were planted around the edges to seperate it from the neighboring farms." It was used as a plant nursery due to the fact that it was inaccessible by public transportation. At the time, the city limits and paved streets only extended as far west as 35th Street.
 
The annexation and development of Sherman Park, occured much later than other parts of Milwaukee, and was in response to a city wide population explosion. Between 1910 and 1930, Milwaukee's population increased by 55% from 373,857 to 578,249. Most of the homes in Sherman Park were constructed during this time period by successful German-Americans relocating from downtown. Washington High School was constructed and immediately became one of the most prestigious schools in the city. Some gradutes include:
 
Bud Selig
Bud Selig
Commissioner of Major League Baseball
Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder
Actor
Herb Kohl
Herb Kohl
United States Senator for Wisconsin
Latrell Sprewell
Latrell Sprewell
NBA Star
Abner Mikva
Abner Mikva
Former Whitehouse Counsel
Lee Dryfus
Lee Dryfus
Former Governor of Wisconsin
Newton Minnow
Newton Minnow
Former Chairman of the Federal Communication Comission
Funders
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Partnerships
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sherman Park Chronicles
Sherman Park residents, employees and volunteers take time out to talk about their memories and love for the neighborhood they choose to live.
 
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