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University of California at Los Angeles

  • Location & Contact Information
    • Address, Directions, & Map:
      • 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Telephone Numbers: 310-825-4321
    • Official Website: [1]

History & Memorable Moments

In March 1881, after heavy lobbying by Los Angeles residents, the California State Legislature authorized the creation of a southern branch of the California State Normal School in downtown Los Angeles to train teachers for the growing population of Southern California. The State Normal School at Los Angeles opened on August 29, 1882, on what is now the site of the Central Library of the Los Angeles Public Library system. The new facility included an elementary school where teachers-in-training could practice their teaching technique on real children. In 1887, the wschool became known as the Los Angeles State Normal School. [1]

  • 1910s

In 1914, the school moved to a new campus on Vermont Avenue in Hollywood. In 1917, UC Regent Edward A. Dickson, the only regent representing the Southland at the time, and Ernest Carroll Moore, Director of the Normal School, began working together to lobby the State for the school to become the second University of California campus, after Berkeley. On May 23, 1919, their efforts were rewarded when Governor William D. Stephens signed Assembly Bill 626 into law, which turned the school into the Southern Branch of the University of California and added its general undergraduate program, the College of Letters and Science. The Southern Branch campus opened on September 15 of that year, offering two-year undergraduate programs to 250 Letters and Science students and 1,250 students in the Teachers College, under Moore's continued direction. [1]

  • 1920s

In 1925, the College of Letters and Science awarded its first Bachelor of Arts degrees to 100 women and 24 men. Enrollment at the Southern Branch expanded so rapidly that by the mid-1920s the institution was outgrowing the 25 acre Vermont Avenue location. The Regents conducted a search for a new location and announced their selection of the so-called "Beverly Site"—just west of Beverly Hills—on March 21, 1925. (The original Vermont campus is now home to Los Angeles City College.) After the athletic teams entered the Pacific Coast conference in 1926, the Southern Branch student council adopted the nickname "Bruins," a name offered by the student council at Berkeley. In 1927, the Regents renamed the school itself the "University of California at Los Angeles" (the word "at" was officially replaced by a comma in 1958, in line with other UC campuses) and the state broke ground in Westwood on land sold for $1 million, less than one-third its value, by real estate developers Edwin and Harold Janss, for whom the Janss Steps are named. [1]

The original four buildings were the College Library, Royce Hall, the Physics-Biology Building, and the Chemistry Building (presently Powell Library, Royce Hall, the Humanities Building, and Haines Hall, respectively), arrayed around a quadrangular courtyard on the 400 acre (1.6 km²) campus. The first undergraduate classes on the new campus were held in 1929 with 5,500 students. In 1933, after further lobbying by alumni, faculty, administration and community leaders, UCLA was permitted to award the Master's degree, and in 1936, the doctorate, against resistance from Berkeley. [1]

  • 1930s and 40s

The UCLA student body in those years quickly gained a radical reputation. In 1934, Provost Ernest Moore declared UCLA "the worst hotbed of communism in the U.S," and suspended five members of the ASUCLA student government for allegedly “using their offices to assist the revolutionary activities of the National Student League, a Communist organization which has bedeviled the University for some months.” Over 3,000 students gathered to protest in Royce Quad, and campus police officers, attempting to silence the speakers, were thrown into some bushes. The crowd dispersed before any arrests were made, and University President Robert Sproul later reinstated the students. [1]

In 1934, upon the death of William Andrews Clark, Jr., UCLA received its first major bequest—still one of the most generous in its history—the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. The rare books and manuscripts collection includes some of the world's largest collections of English literature, history, and fine printing. [1]

  • 1950s through the 1980s

By the 1950s, UCLA had developed into a serious and widely respected research institution. That decade was an era of growth of the student body and faculty. Also, in 1951, the campus received its first chancellor, thereby establishing itself as an autonomous entity within the UC system. The appointment of Franklin Murphy to the position of Chancellor in 1960 helped to spark an era of tremendous growth of facilities and faculty honors. By the end of the decade, UCLA had achieved distinction in a wide range of subjects. This era also secured UCLA's position as a proper university in her own right and not simply a branch of the UC system. This change is exemplified by an incident involving Chancellor Murphy, which was described by him later on: [1]

"I picked up the telephone and called in from somewhere, and the phone operator said, 'University of California.' And I said, 'Is this Berkeley?' She said, 'No.' I said, 'Well, who have I gotten to?' 'UCLA.' I said, 'Why didn't you say UCLA?' 'Oh,' she said, 'we're instructed to say University of California.' So the next morning I went to the office and wrote a memo; I said, 'Will you please instruct the operators, as of noon today, when they answer the phone to say, "UCLA."' And they said, 'You know they won't like it at Berkeley.' And I said, 'Well, let's just see. There are a few things maybe we can do around here without getting their permission.'" [1]

By the 1980s, UCLA was ranked among the great universities, as was shown by the fact that, in 1982, 17 of her Ph.D programs were ranked in the top ten in the United States. By 1983, library volumes exceeded 5 million. [1]

  • ARPANET & Internet (1969-1988)

ARPANET, the world's first electronic computer network, was established on October 29, 1969 between nodes at professor of computer science, Leonard Kleinrock's, lab at UCLA and Douglas Engelbart's lab at Stanford Research Institute, in Menlo Park, CA. In 1988, Kleinrock also chaired a group which produced the report Toward a National Research Network. This report was presented to Congress and was so influential on then-Senator Al Gore that it proved to be the foundation for what would be passed as the High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991, written and developed by Gore.

  • 1990s

The Campus MEChA organization along with student hunger strikers waged a three year struggle to establish the Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. [1]

Student activism also resurfaced when students protested the end of affirmative action on the campus as a result of the passage of California State Proposition 209. [1]

The fall quarter of 2006 was a tumultuous time for the school. Between October 2005 and November 2006, an experienced hacker broke into a university database containing approximately 800,000 files of personal information, but very little sensitive data were obtained. [1]


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