Originally settled in the 1870ís, Mercer Island was named after the Mercer brothers who often rowed from Seattle to berry pick, hunt and fish. In 1940, the Lake Washington Floating Bridge was built, spurring the growth of the Island, which is the most populated island in a freshwater lake in the United States.
Today, Mercer Island has a thriving business district and a newly rejuvenated downtown shopping center. Just minutes to Seattle, via the I-90 bridge, and the rest of the Eastside, Mercer Island is known for its close-knit community feel that comes with island living, its influential residents, and high-end premier waterfront and view real estate.
The Mercer Island School District operates six schools on the island: three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and one alternative high school. Mercer Island is also home to the St. Monica School, the French American School of Puget Sound, and the Northwest Yeshiva High School.