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Founded1899 as San Francisco State Normal School, a two-year teacher-training college. First normal school in the nation to require a high school diploma for admission.
First graduating class (36 women) 1901 First bachelor of arts degree 1923 First man admitted 1904 Four-year program initiated 1930 Liberal arts program first offered 1935 Master's degree first offered 1949 SF State becomes part of The California State College system (now The California State University) 1960 University status attained 1972 Centennial Celebration 1999
Number of Names: 5
San Francisco State Normal School 1899-1921 San Francisco State Teachers College 1921-1935 San Francisco State College 1935-1972 California State University, San Francisco 1972-1974 San Francisco State University 1974-present
Number of Presidents: 12
Frederic Lister Burk 1899-1924 Archibald B. Anderson 1924-1927 Alexander C. Roberts 1927-1945 J. Paul Leonard 1945-1957 Glenn S. Dumke 1957-1961 Paul A. Dodd 1962-1966 John Summerskill 1966-1968 Robert R. Smith 1968 Samuel I. Hayakawa 1968-1973 Paul F. Romberg 1973-1983 Chia-Wei Woo 1983-1988 Robert A. Corrigan 1988-present
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Information on this page was compiled in fall 1999.
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