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Citrus College Celebrates 100 Years

Citrus College, which serves Monrovia, will begin its centennial year celebrations with public festivities on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at the Citrus College stadium, including an All-Class Reunion, Centennial Celebration special events and activities, and the Homecoming Game.

The All-Class Reunion and Luncheon is open to all Citrus Union High School and Citrus College alumni from every graduating year.  Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. with lunch served at noon.  For $19.15, alumni luncheon attendees will receive lunch and a special pin commemorating the event.  Guests may register online at or by calling the Citrus College Foundation at 626-914-8825.
At 2 p.m. will be free-to-the-public events - including a car show, food trucks, face painting and other children’s activities, a business expo and Citrus College historical exhibits.

The day’s celebrations will conclude with the Homecoming Game at 6 p.m. The Citrus College Fighting Owls will face the Bakersfield College Renegades. During the halftime show, Citrus College student musicians and singers will perform a tribute in honor of America’s veterans.

Citrus College was founded on June 5, 1915, under the leadership of Dr. Floyd S. Hayden. It opened with 27 students and became the first community college to be established in Los Angeles County and the fifth in California. The institution was established due to an innovative trend in higher education that was being adopted across the nation, in which high schools were allowed to add two years of postgraduate work, approximating the studies prescribed in the first two years of college.   This allowed a growing number of high school graduates to advance their educational goals, acquire new marketable skills, and achieve greater prosperity.

Source: Citrus College press release

- Brad Haugaard

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