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history of moorpark college moorpark college was established in 1963 by the governing board of the ventura county community college district soon after a 134-acre site on moorpark’s eastern city boundary was secured in a combination donation/purchase from the strathearns a local ranching family in 1965 taxpayers passed an $8 million bond to build the first phase of the district’s second community college construction of the administration library science technology campus center gymnasium and maintenance buildings began in 1966 with the paint barely dry and remnants of construction rubble still evident moorpark college opened on september 11 1967 dr john collins the college’s first president greeted nearly 1,400 students and 50 new faculty members on that day enrollment doubled in the first few years as the college added career technical education to its role of preparing students for transfer to four-year schools dr robert lombardi became the college’s second president in 1971 dr ray hearon held the longest term as president serving from 1974-1989 the moorpark college foundation was formed in 1980 to spearhead construction of an athletic stadium amphitheater and observatory in 1985 the 4,000-seat stadium was named for paul griffin jr a local developer and major benefactor in 1987 the carlsberg amphitheater and charles temple observatory were dedicated as part of the college’s 20th anniversary celebration during the 1980s several other buildings were completed applied arts creative arts humanities social science music and student services in 1989 the center for learning assistance services opened for service dr stanley bowers served as president from 1989-1991 followed by roger boedecker who served from 1991-1992 dr james walker became president in 1992 but was called away to serve as interim chancellor in 1995 dr darlene pacheco served as interim president during walker’s absence from 1995-1996 fiscal constraint brought about by the state’s economic downturn stalled growth at the college in the early 1990s despite hard times the college completed state-funded construction of the communications building 1991 and the performing arts center 1995 the forensics team maintained national ranking while the athletic teams continued to dominate the western state conference in july 2002 dr eva conrad became moorpark’s eighth president replacing dr walker who retired fall 2002 enrollment swelled to 15,400 and work began on a new library and learning resources center in 2004 the college’s first bond project was completed a parking lot renovation that added 600 spaces in 2005 the second bond project was completed the installation of an all-weather track and artificial turf playing field in september 2005 the new library learning resources building opened a new child development center opened in january of 2007 february 2007 marked the beginning of an endangered butterfly species captive rearing program at america’s teaching zoo the palos verdes blue butterfly’s primary rearing site is in san pedro on government land in may 2007 the college unveiled a new seal in preparation for adoption of a new logo the new logo was adopted at the start of the college’s 40th year in august 2007 the college uses the seal for ceremonial purposes and official transcript documents and the logo for other college purposes in fall 2007 the old library was renovated renamed fountain hall and opened for classes in july 2008 dr pam eddinger became moorpark’s ninth president replacing dr conrad who retired fall 2008 enrollment grew to 15,800 and construction began on the health sciences center the academic center and the exotic animal training and management eatm building all of which are now open for instruction dr bernard luskin served as interim president from 2013-2014 in february 2015 luis p sanchez jd llm became the 10th president of moorpark college in fall 2015 the new veterans and foster youth resources centers opened through its continued attention to quality and innovation moorpark college has become one of the top community colleges in the nation based on enrollment moorpark ranks first in the state for transfer to the university of california and california state university systems no local college does a better job preparing students for their future moorpark college graduates are making meaningful contributions to both the public and private sectors in ventura county the state and the nation in 1997 the child development center and disabled students’ center were expanded also graphics professor ted phillips created a 30th anniversary logo that featured cypress trees and the fountain in 1998 two new conference rooms were built in the campus center and an acoustic shell was installed on the main stage of the performing arts center in 1999 the 27,000 square foot fred kavli science center opened housing the math science and computer studies programs also students were first able to access their academic records and register for classes online at www.moorparkcollege.edu in 2000 a high school for high potential juniors and seniors opened on the moorpark college campus in 2001 the first high school at moorpark college graduating class numbered 55 in march of 2002 ventura county voters passed measure s a bond that provided $356 million in construction financing for the ventura county community colleges of which $104 million was used to renovate/expand moorpark college moorpark college college information 2017-2018 3