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Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Site of College of California

Original Campus of University of California

 
 
Site of College of California Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 26, 2009
1. Site of College of California Marker
Inscription. University of California, chartered March 23, 1868. Located between Franklin and Harrison, 12th and 14th Streets, from 1869 to 1873. Using buildings of former College of California, successor to Contra Costa Academy founded by Henry Durant, June 1853. He was elected first university president in June 1870. University moved to present Berkeley site September 1873.
California Registered Historical Landmark No. 45
Plaque placed by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the University of California, The Alameda County Historical Society, and the Oakland Chamber of Commerce. May 22, 1968
 
Erected 1968 by California State Department of Parks and Recreation, Alameda County Historical Society, Oakland Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 45.)
 
Location. 37° 48.195′ N, 122° 16.213′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Franklin Street and 13th Street, on the right when traveling north on Franklin Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakland CA 94612, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1946 General Strike (approx. 0.2 miles away); Latham Memorial Fountain Unveiled
Site of College of California Marker - Wide Shot image. Click for full size.
April 26, 2009
2. Site of College of California Marker - Wide Shot
The marker is mounted upon a parking structure that takes up the whole block. None of the campus buildings remain to be seen.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Oakland City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oakland’s Chinatowns (approx. ¼ mile away); Asian Resource Center (approx. ¼ mile away); Chabot Observatory (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lafayette Square Timeline (approx. 0.4 miles away); Preservation Park (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Oakland.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted on a brick wall on the NE corner of the intersection of Franklin and 13th Streets.
 
Regarding Site of College of California.

• The roots of the University of California lie in the foundation of the Contra Costa Academy, which opened in June, 1853 as a private academy for boys. Subsequently the school was incorporated as the College of California in 1855.
• In 1867 the College of California disincorporated, at least in part due to financial difficulties, and the facilities were sold to the state on the condition that a "complete university" be founded.
• In 1868 the University of California was chartered, including both the Oakland
Henry Durant - First Univsity President of the University of California image. Click for full size.
By WIlliam B. Ingersall
3. Henry Durant - First Univsity President of the University of California
Henry Durant (1802-1875) was elected the first university president of the University of California by the university regents on August 16, 1870. He served for two years before resigning in favor of someone younger and with the necessary energy to build the institution. (Photo courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley)
site and land for a larger campus four miles to the north in what was to become known as Berkeley.
• Initial enrollment in 1869 at the University of California on the Oakland campus was 40 students, with 10 faculty.
• The school became coeducational in 1870, with the enrollment of 17 women.
• Classes began on the Berkeley campus in the fall of 1873, and the Oakland campus was no longer used.
• Today the University of California consists of 10 campuses, has an enrollment of more than 170,000 students (including approximately 40,000 graduate students), and manages 3 national laboratories.
 
Also see . . .  A Historical View of Today's University. The University's historical overview of the University of California, including information on its founding and growth, as well as biographies of a number of key figures in its development. (Submitted on May 20, 2009.) 
 
Additional keywords. California Registered Historical Landmark
 
Categories. Education
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,193 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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