Sir John Cass left a lasting educational legacy. Born in the City of London in 1661, he was Alderman for the Ward of Portsoken and elected Sheriff of London in 1711. Before his time as Sheriff, he founded a school in the churchyard of St Botolph without Aldgate. The school opened in 1709 and was attended by 50 boys and 40 girls. The legacy of his ongoing work in education continues today, with the Sir John Cass's Foundation. The Foundation now supports eight institutions which bear his name.