LBCC Kicks-Off 85th Anniversary Year
Long Beach City College officially turned 85 September 12, and kicked it off with a birthday celebration at Wilson High School, the site of the original Long Beach City College. LBCC President Eloy Oakley, and LBUSD Superintendent Chris Steinhauser joined LBCC Trustees, LBUSD School Board Members, students, faculty, alumni and community leaders at a cake cutting ceremony on the steps of Wilson High School, rode in vintage cars in a parade back to the Liberal Arts Campus and celebrated with the students during Join-A-Club Day.
The Wilson High School campus was the original site of LBCC. Wilson was founded in 1925 and Long Beach City College (then known as Long Beach Junior College) opened on the Wilson Campus site in 1927. Both the High School and the College shared the campus space. After the Long Beach Earthquake of 1933, Long Beach Junior College had to hold classes across the street at Recreation Park due to building damage. Long Beach Junior College then moved to the Clark Avenue location in 1935. The land on Clark was a gift from the Montana Land Company.
"The entire Long Beach City College family is looking forward to celebrating 85 years of student success and Viking pride," said LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. "We look forward to 85 more years of serving Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill, Avalon, and our surrounding communities."
In attendance were numerous alumni from Long Beach City College who attended the college in the 1940's and 1950's, including Everett Demler, the ASB President in 1945.
The 85th Anniversary Celebration will continue throughout the year. Details to be announced shortly.