Sarah Winnemucca Elementary School History

School: Sarah Winnemucca Elementary School
School Name History:
Education is the key…much money and many lives would have been saved if the
American people had fought…with books instead of powder and lead.”
– Sarah Winnemucca (1844-1891)
This Northern Nevada Paiute woman bridged the old and the new, east and west, Indian
and non-Indian. Multilingual interpreter, author, lecturer, founder, and teacher of the first
bilingual Indian school in Nevada, she was befriended and supported by Eastern Society.
Sarah used truth as a weapon to fearlessly confront President and Indian Agent alike, that
justice be done.
Superintendent of Schools at time of construction:
Mary Nebgen
Opening Date: 1995
Architect: Sheehan Van Woert Architects
Contractor: Q & D Construction
Construction Cost: $5,380,000
Square Footage: 56,358
Cornerstone Dates: AD 1994, AL 5994
First Principal: Penny LaBranch
Physical Building Description:
Cinder block, single story construction with interior circulation corridors.