Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Site of College of California
Original Campus of University of California
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. Touch 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 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oakland City Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oakland’s Chinatowns (approx. ¼ mile away); Asian Resource Center Chabot Observatory (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lafayette Square Timeline (approx. 0.4 miles away); Preservation Park (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 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.
• 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 was last revised on December 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,288 times since then. Last updated on December 20, 2016, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 20, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.