San José State University Archives Photograph Collection

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In 1857, the San Francisco Board of Education established an evening school for teachers. The school became known as Minns' Evening Normal School, after the principal, Washington Minns. In 1862, the California State Legislature formally established Minns' school as the first California State Normal School. The school remained in San Francisco until the Legislature voted to move it to San Jose and provided the funds to construct a new building on Washington Square in San Jose. The State Normal School moved into the new building prior to the fall term in 1872. In 1887, the California State Normal School was renamed the San Jose State Normal School. In 1921, the various State Normal Schools were renamed State Teachers Colleges, reflecting the increased needs and curriculum requirements for the education of teachers. The college began offering education-related bachelor's degrees at this time, and the first degrees were conferred in 1923. In 1935, the San Jose State Teachers College was renamed San Jose State College by the California State Legislature. In 1972 the school was renamed California State University, San Jose. Because the change met broad opposition from students, alumni, and faculty, the school became San Jose State University in 1974 View this collection on the contributor's website.
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