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Sherman Oaks is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California, founded in 1927. The neighborhood includes a portion of the Santa Monica Mountains, which gives Sherman Oaks a lower population density than some other areas in Los Angeles.


Parks and recreation

The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park is in Sherman Oaks. Dinah Eng of the Los Angeles Times wrote in 2002 that the park "is a popular site for family gatherings". The park has an auditorium, two lighted baseball diamonds, six unlighted baseball diamonds, lighted indoor basketball courts, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a 60-person community room, a lighted American football field, an indoor gymnasium without weights, picnic tables, a lighted soccer (football) field, and lighted tennis courts. Located in the same place as the park, the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Pool is a seasonal outdoor heated swimming pool.


The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Senior Citizen Center (also known as Bernardi Center), also on the park grounds, has an auditorium and multi-purpose room; its banquet capacity is 200 and its assembly capacity is 300. The senior center also has two community/meeting rooms; one can hold 50 people and one can hold 30 people. The senior center has two kitchens, a play area, a shuffle board place, a stage, and two storage rooms. The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Tennis Courts facility in the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park has eight courts.


In addition, the city operates the Sherman Oaks Castle Park with arcade, batting cages, and miniature golf facilities, in Sherman Oaks.

In popular culture

The TV series Sherman Oaks appeared on the USA network from 1995 to 1997. It followed plastic surgeon Dr. Sanford Baker and his family as they were filmed by a young documentary filmmaker.

The series Never Have I Ever, and Black-ish are set in Sherman Oaks.

Notable people

  • Paula Abdul, entertainer, singer, television personality

  • Baba Ali, Islamic comedian

  • Rami Malek, actor

  • Jennifer Aniston, actress, born in Sherman Oaks

  • Drew Barrymore, actress

  • Noah Beery Jr., actor

  • LeVar Burton, actor

  • June Christy, singer

  • Andrew Dice Clay, comedian and actor

  • James Dean, actor

  • David Dobrik, YouTube personality

  • Clint Eastwood, actor, film director

  • Chip Esten, actor

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor and filmmaker

  • Ben Gottschalk (born 1992), NFL football offensive linesman

  • Brian Grazer, film and television producer

  • Melissa Joan Hart, actress

  • Marsha Hunt (born 1917), actress, model, and activist

  • Michael B. Jordan, actor

  • Shia LaBeouf, actor

  • Sondra Locke (1944–2018), actress, film director

  • Demi Lovato, singer, songwriter, and actress

  • Jeannie Mai, television personality, stylist, talk show host

  • Jenna Marbles, YouTube personality

  • Bridget Marquardt, actress

  • Christopher Mayer, actor

  • Duff McKagan, musician

  • Tana Mongeau, YouTube personality

  • Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Elizabeth Olsen, actresses

  • Bill Paparian, mayor of Pasadena, California

  • Luke Perry (1966-2019), actor

  • Yasiel Puig, baseball player

  • Chuck Riley, voice actor

  • Jean Rogers, actor

  • Herbert Ryman, Disney artist and imagineer

  • Charlie Sheen, actor

  • Warren Stevens, actor

  • Daniel Van Meter, historian and inventor


Forty-five percent of Sherman Oaks residents aged 25 and older had earned a four-year degree by 2000, a high percentage for both the city and the county. The percentage of those residents with a master's degree or higher was also high for the County.

LAUSD schools within the Sherman Oaks boundary include:

  • Van Nuys Middle School. The school was in the Van Nuys community until 1991, when City Council member Marvin Braude directed that a 45-block area that included the school be renamed as part of Sherman Oaks. The school continued to use the name "Van Nuys Middle".

  • Kester Avenue Elementary School

  • Chandler Elementary School

  • Robert A. Millikan Middle School

  • Sherman Oaks Elementary

  • Dixie Canyon Avenue Elementary

  • Riverside Drive Elementary School

Charter schools within the Sherman Oaks boundary include:

  • Ivy Bound Academy for Math, Science, and Technology on Morrison Street

  • Community Harvest Charter School, closed in 2012

Portions of Sherman Oaks, including Magnolia Woods, are zoned to Van Nuys High School in Van Nuys. Other portions are zoned to Grant High School in Valley Glen.

Scott Glover of the Los Angeles Times stated in 1993 "many Sherman Oaks residents do not have school-age children, and many others send their children to private schools".

Private schools include:

  • Notre Dame High School

  • The Buckley School

  • Village Glen School

View the school ratings and reviews here.




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