Happy Anniversary, Chico State!

This year California State University Chico is celebrating its 125th anniversary. So Happy Quasquicentennial, Chico State! (Not wanting to confuse some of their students, Chico State isn’t using the nifty word “quasquicentennial” for a 25 + 100 years celebration. But it’s a fun word to know.)

Chico State began as a State Normal School in 1887. It’s the second-oldest former Normal School in the state.

When I heard Chico State described as the second-oldest campus in the California State University system, I thought, Wait a minute! Wasn’t Chico State the third teacher’s college founded in California? How could it be the second oldest?

It’s both! The first state normal school was founded in San Jose in 1862. Next came Los Angeles in 1882. Later the teacher’s college in Los Angeles joined the University of California system (Berkeley was the first public California university), and dropped out of the state college system. So that moved Chico State up into second place.

Aren’t you glad you know that?  Next time: What’s “normal” about a Normal School?

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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