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Phony paper razzes Pierce
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Valley Times Photo Collection
Goldwater, Jeff
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The Clarence W. Pierce School of Agriculture is a two-year community college in Woodland Hills, California. It opened in September 1947, with 70 students and 18 faculty members and is part of the Los Angeles Community College District. The school's initial focus was crop cultivation and animal husbandry, and still retains a large swatch of open fields for hands-on working farm training. In 1956 the school was renamed Los Angeles Pierce College.; San Fernando Valley State College is now California State University, Northridge.
Photograph caption dated February 16, 1962 reads "Valley College students, displaying a copy of the 'Perce (sic) College Rankup' offer a good-natured razz to Pierce College, their Valley rivals in Woodland Hills. Some 1,400 copies of the phony, tongue-in-cheek newspaper were distributed at Pierce Thursday. The joke was a counter-blow to the suggestion by Pierce students that Valley should change its name to Pierce College East. Pierce Dean Vierling Kersey Jr. said, 'Everyone had a good laugh. It was very clever.'" Written on the blackboard are the words "East Valley. Ha! Ha!" The students are facing the blackboard, giving a thumbs-down gesture, with their backs to the camera.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
San Fernando Valley State College
San Fernando Valley State College--Students
San Fernando Valley State College--Newspapers--Humor
Los Angeles Pierce College--Newspapers--Humor
Young men--California--Los Angeles
Community college students--California--Los Angeles
Classrooms--California--Los Angeles
Desks--California--Los Angeles
Practical jokes
Interiors--California--Woodland Hills (Los Angeles)
Community colleges--California--Northridge (Los Angeles)
Northridge (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs

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