Founded in 1916 as Sacramento Junior College, City College is replete with history. Here are 10 interesting and little-known facts.
• The college’s first classes were taught on the top floor of the old Sacramento High School at 18th and K streets. In 1926 the campus moved to its current location, across the street from the brand new William Land Park.
• The first graduating class of 1918 consisted of six students, all women. That same year the college closed for two years as the country plunged into World War I, and some of its staff went to fight or volunteer for the war effort.
• In 1920 Belle Cooledge, a former high school math teacher and a future mayor of Sacramento, headed the junior college as dean after World War I until the appointment of the first president, Jeremiah B. Lillard, in 1923.
• In the early years sophomores imposed a student enforced “frosh” dress code for male students that required a dink (beanie cap) and blue jeans to be worn by all freshmen. The student enforced dress code for freshmen women required pigtails, fake freckles and horn rimmed glasses.