Hesperian College 1861-1896

Hesperian College 1861-1896 (HMBWE)

Location: Woodland, CA 95695 Yolo County
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N 38° 40.107', W 121° 46.492'

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1888 Site (Later Woodland High School)

Here bounded by Marshall, First, Hays and College Streets, Hesperian College moved from its downtown location the fall of 1888. The new three-story building, built by Swain and Hudson at a cost of $16,780, had a Boarding Department on the first floor. The second floor contained recitations rooms and a chapel that seated 500 persons. The third floor housed the Art Department, Library, Laboratory, and Society meeting rooms. A barn was located on College south of Hays Street. Cork oak and elm trees were planted along the sidewalks around the college.

Allen M. Elston served as president until 1892 and was succeeded by Henry D. McAneney who served through 1895. Courses of study described in the catalogues until 1896 were Preparatory, Classical Scientific, Ladies Collegiate, Ladies Academic and Biblical. The course then changed to Preparatory (students with entrance deficiencies), Regular (Classical), and Irregular (Music).

The nationwide change in emphasis from Greek and Roman studies to university preparation assisted the American comprehensive public high school to become a focal point for local education. This land and building became property of the first Woodland High School formed the fall term 1894. The endowments and some faculty of Hesperian College were transferred in 1896 to Berkeley Bible Seminary and later Chapman University, Orange, California.

City of Woodland Historic Site
Year Placed1995
Placed ByHaworth A. Clover, Ed. D
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 4:34am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 606581 N 4280697
Decimal Degrees38.66845000, -121.77486667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 40.107', W 121° 46.492'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 40' 6.42" N, 121° 46' 29.52" W
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Area Code(s)530, 916
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 900-998 College St, Woodland CA 95695, US
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