Palm Beach Junior College Historical

Palm Beach Junior College Historical (HM1TOF)

Location: West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Palm Beach County
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N 26° 42.582', W 80° 3.621'

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This Mediterranean Revival style building housed Palm Beach Junior College, Florida's first public community college, when it was established here in 1933. The college outgrew these facilities after the Second World War and moved in 1948 to Morrison Field, a U.S. Army Air Base, renovated to accommodate the influx of students in peace time. In 1955 the college relocated to its present site in Lake Worth.

Among the civic leaders responsible for promoting the concept of the junior college were Palm Beach County Superintendent of Schools Joseph A. Youngblood and Palm Beach High School Principal Howell L. Watkins. The college served as a model for the state-wide system of Junior Colleges. Three students were in the first graduating class of 1936. In 1936 John I. Leonard became the first president of the Palm Beach Junior College.
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William Manley King (1886-1961), a noted West Palm Beach architect, designed this building in the Mediterranean Revival style so popular in Florida in the 1920's. The design complemented the adjacent Palm Beach High School campus and this building was occupied in 1927. As architect for the Palm Beach County Board of Public Instruction he designed numerous school buildings throughout
Palm Beach County. Mr. King also designed hotels in West Palm Beach, the National Guard Armory (1939), the Hibiscus Garden Apartments (1926) and the seal for the City of West Palm Beach.

In June 1991 the building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Mediterranean Revival classroom building continued to serve the needs of the School Board and in November 1991 it was returned to Palm Beach Community College. The College Foundation undertook the challenge of restoring the building for the continuing education of citizens in our community. This historical marker is dedicated to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Palm Beach Community College, 1933-1993.
Year Placed1993
Placed ByThe Palm Beach Community College Foundation in Cooperation with the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Friday, August 12th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 593468 N 2954627
Decimal Degrees26.70970000, -80.06035000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 42.582', W 80° 3.621'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 42' 34.92" N, 80° 3' 37.26" W
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Area Code(s)561
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 812 Fern St, West Palm Beach FL 33401, US
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