UCLA is celebrating its centennial this year.
The seeds of today’s UCLA were planted in the 1881 creation of the downtown Los Angeles State Normal School, which later moved to Vermont Avenue. In 1919, the University of California Southern Branch opened on the Vermont Avenue campus. The University of California at Los Angeles name was officially adopted in 1927, and in 1929, instruction began on the present-day Westwood campus. From those beginnings, UCLA has, in just a century, become consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in the world, and the nation’s most applied-to university. UCLA faculty and researchers are routinely recognized for their leadership and breakthroughs in a stunning array of fields, ranging from health and technology to social sciences and the arts.
A hundred years ago, the Los Angeles region was a backwater compared to the metropolis of today with more than a hundred colleges located there.
Pushing against this audacious notion stood a majority of the University of California Board of Regents and most of the faculty leaders at Berkeley, the prestigious and only state campus. Creating a second campus, they felt, would siphon away resources and talent and risk Berkeley slipping in reputation.
[Newspaper editor Edward] Dickson, the sole regent living south of the Tehachapi Mountains at the time he was appointed to the board in 1913, knew otherwise.
It took the determination and vision of Dickson and Ernest Carroll Moore, president of Los Angeles State Normal School, the biggest teacher training school, to win this struggle for Southern California. After many skirmishes with the regents, on May 23, 1919, Gov. William Stephens signed Assembly Bill 626, transferring Moore’s state school on Vermont Avenue to the regents and creating the Southern Branch of the University of California.
Take a look at their historical timeline.
Let there be light.
Post by Marcelino Pantoja