From the Archives: San Diego State’s first graduation

On June 21, 1900, San Diego Normal School (now San Diego State University) held its first opening ceremonies. Twenty-six students graduated.

Here are the names of the first graders who graduated from school: Margaret Ball, Melissa Lee Bass, Anna Clark, Fred A. Crosby, Maud Anna Cuff, Julia Flinn, Katherine E. Greene, Elsie Gregg, Martha Hale, Caroline Hayes, Kate E. Irwin, Nellie Casandra Kidwell, Ida Margaret Ladd, Edith Carr Philips, Edna May Skinner, Eleanor Louise Stanton, Roxana Huntington Stevens, Mary Helen Webster, Hallie M. Williams, Minnie Todd Willis, Grace Amelia S Baker, Miriam, Clara Emele Maxfield, Sophie E. Shaw, William M. Warren, Robert H. Neely.

Founded 125 years ago, on March 13, 1897, the purpose of the State Normal School was to educate primary school teachers. At first the school occupied rented rooms in downtown San Diego. By 1900 he had moved to a new campus on Normal Street at University Heights. He occupied this location for 33 years before moving to Montezuma Mesa in 1931 and becoming San Diego State University.

From The Evening Tribune, Friday 22 June 1900:



The first annual opening exercises took place last night — A large audience occupied the meeting room — Prof. Address Foshay

The meeting room of San Diego State Normal School was packed last night when the first annual school opening exercises took place.

The front of the stage was lined with ivy and smilax and an abundance of flowers adds a lot to the stage effect. All the decorations were in liking with the school colors of white and gold. The school took seats on the stage and the students sat in a body to the right.

The Pilgrim Choir from the school opened the program, followed by an impressive invocation by the Most Reverend WB Hinson of First Baptist Church. President Black then introduced the Los Angeles City School Superintendent, James A. Fosay, who delivered the evening talk. During his remarks he said that the Normal School is first and foremost a democratic institution: that its tendency is towards the education and culture of the masses. that one of the most intense trends of the time is the development of broad, humanitarian, universal education. that the constant and steady influx of illiterate foreigners into this country brought forward one of the most serious issues that our people had to face. “They are lies,” he said, “with the teacher breaking the shackles of illiteracy. “Not only must patriotism be taught to these children, but they must be educated for the political function of our government and they must be prepared to exercise the citizen’s right with prudence and fidelity.”

He added that individual and manual education was the greatest benefit: that the practical trend in education was growing daily: that America would soon take its place among the world’s leading powers: that its citizenship must be prepared for this fact”. that the soul, mind and body must develop together. He concluded by saying that America needs men and that high schools, high schools, colleges and universities should supply these men.

After another school choir, President Black gave a short talk to the alumni class and distributed the diplomas to the twenty-six alumni, giving each individual individual commendations and advice.

Mrs. Minnie Willis, President of the class, on behalf of her class, presented a beautiful picture, “Sir Galahad” to the school, giving a short and appropriate presentation speech and the President Guy of the Board responded shortly.

Another choir from the school followed and the Most Reverend Hinson fired the audience.

Historical photographs and articles from The San Diego Union-Tribune archives are collected by Merrie Monteagudo. Browse UT Historical Archives at sandiegouniontribune.newsbank.com

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