The school’s namesake, Robert W. Coleman was a piano tuner by profession, who lost his sight sometime around 1911. After losing his sight, he became a social activist for the handicapped in the Baltimore Community. In 1913, he founded the Association for the Handicapped, Inc. He is credited with beginning “sight-saving” classes in the schools, providing care so children with disabilities could attend school, and purchasing eyeglasses for the less fortunate. Robert W. Coleman Elementary School teaches students from prekindergarten to 5th Grade and recently underwent a renovation as a part of the 21st Century School Buildings Program.