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History[ edit ] First half of 20th century[ edit ] Flock of sheep with houses in background, Los Angeles County, about , Photo taken on the Rancho Rosa de Castillo.
These lands once were part of a Mexican land grant known as Rancho Rosa Castilla , given to Juan Batista Batz, a Basque rancher from northern Spain and his wife, Catalina who settled here in the The inspiration for the name of the ranch , according to local historians, was the abundant amount of native wild Wood roses Rosa californica that grew near the ranch home along the creek.
Victor Peterson became the acting president of the state college. Since the college had opened in September, , with students, it had grown in two years to over 2, students. Most were studying under the GI Bill , which had been largely responsible for establishment of the college. The first class of seven students graduated in In , when Howard S. McDonald became president of both Los Angeles State College and Los Angeles City College, the state college upper division classes were being taught in borrowed spaces on the City College campus by mostly part-time faculty.
He hired administrators to help him formally organize the colleges. The college opened in its new location in , Howard S. McDonald becomes first full-time president. North Hall opened in September In , officials broke ground on the current location, dubbed the Ramona site at the time. In the college welcomed its third president Albert D.
The college also entered into its first contract to prepare students for the U. Peace Corps. The first group of 65 volunteers was trained for service in the Dominican Republic in the areas of teacher training, music teacher training and urban community action. The first Commencement at new site takes place in June An edifice plaque was unveiled during the John F.
Kennedy Memorial Library naming ceremony in February 12, and in November the library North Wing is dedicated. Simpson, first dean , of the School of Business and Economics. The original mascot of the school was the Diablo.
The theme was extended to student facilities such as the student union and bookstore. The statue was moved to a new campus location in summer Its home is now on the grassy area, south of the State Playhouse. Rongxiang Xu, who was a surgeon and expert in regenerative medicine. The Patricia A. Patricia Chin taught nursing at the University, later serving as director and, upon her retirement, professor emerita.
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