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Woodland in Yolo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Hesperian College 1861-1896

1888 Site (Later Woodland High School)

Hesperian College 1861-1896 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 20, 2009
1. Hesperian College 1861-1896 Marker
Inscription.  Here bounded by Marshall, First, Hays and College Streets, Hesperian College moved from its downtown location the fall of 1888. The new three-story building, built by Swain and Hudson at a cost of $16,780, had a Boarding Department on the first floor. The second floor contained recitations rooms and a chapel that seated 500 persons. The third floor housed the Art Department, Library, Laboratory, and Society meeting rooms. A barn was located on College south of Hays Street. Cork oak and elm trees were planted along the sidewalks around the college.

Allen M. Elston served as president until 1892 and was succeeded by Henry D. McAneney who served through 1895. Courses of study described in the catalogues until 1896 were Preparatory, Classical Scientific, Ladies Collegiate, Ladies Academic and Biblical. The course then changed to Preparatory (students with entrance deficiencies), Regular (Classical), and Irregular (Music).

The nationwide change in emphasis from Greek and Roman studies to university preparation assisted the American comprehensive public high school to become a focal point for local education. This land and building
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became property of the first Woodland High School formed the fall term 1894. The endowments and some faculty of Hesperian College were transferred in 1896 to Berkeley Bible Seminary and later Chapman University, Orange, California.

City of Woodland Historic Site
Erected 1995 by Haworth A. Clover, Ed. D.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationNotable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
Location. 38° 40.107′ N, 121° 46.492′ W. Marker is in Woodland, California, in Yolo County. Marker is on College Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 College Street, Woodland CA 95695, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gable Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Gibson House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Byron Jackson’s First Machine Shop (approx. 0.6 miles away); Corner Drug Company Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Yolo County Savings Bank (approx. 0.6 miles away); Woodland's First Post Office (approx. 0.6 miles away); Capital Hotel, Est. 1869 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Krellenberg Building (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodland.
More about this marker. There is an identical marker on the
Hesperian College 1861-1896 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 20, 2009
2. Hesperian College 1861-1896 Marker
reverse side of this marker.
Also see . . .  Christian Church of Woodland. The congregation has served in many creative ways over the years. In 1861, out of concern for the education of young people, the church founded Hesperian College, Douglas Junior High School stands on what was once the college campus, and College Street is so named because the college was located on the south end of the street. Hesperian College is one of the predecessor institutions of Chapman University, a fine Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) related institution located in Orange, California. (Submitted on April 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 
Close-Up of Sketch on Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, April 20, 2009
3. Close-Up of Sketch on Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 3,448 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 21, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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Apr. 17, 2024