Old School: Occidental College celebrates 125th anniversary

Apr 20, 2012

Members of the Class of 1904. Photo courtesy Occidental College

Occidental College will celebrate its 125 Anniversary with a series of events that begin on Friday, Founders Day, and includes everything from academic panel discussions to a 50-foot high ferris wheel and carnival on the Eagle Rock campus.  Occidental President Jonathan Veitch is also expected announce one of the largest gifts in the history of the liberal arts college. Speaking of history … while Eagle Rock has been Occidental’s long time home, the liberal arts school – whose most famous student now holds the top job in the White House – has jumped around the Eastside over the decades.  The first classes were actually held in Boyle Heights in 1888 before a fire forced the school to eventually move to Highland Park a decade later. It was not until 1914 when the first Occidental College buildings were opened in Eagle Rock. Click here for anniversary events and information.

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