A Step To Higher Education

Plan Your Visit! 1961: With a new UC campus approved for Santa Cruz, city residents didn’t wait until the campus opened in 1965 to put out the welcome mat. In this December 1961 photo, longtime residents Gilda, Estrella, and Malio Stagnaro displayed their excitement in a Christmas lawn decoration in front of their their Bay Street home.

The banners read (l-r): “A Step To Higher Education,” “UC Campus Santa Cruz,” “Hello There,” “1961 Seasons Greetings,” “Spirit of University of California,” and "Up The Ladder To Success."

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Time magazine

Time magazine - Dean McHenry 1962: Founding Chancellor Dean McHenry was the planned campus’s biggest booster. In this iconic photo, he posed for a Time magazine publicity still in 1962, three years before the campus opened.

(Photo: Vester Dick; Courtesy of Covello & Covello)

Campus dedication

Campus dedication 1964: Founding UCSC Chancellor Dean McHenry, standing, prepared to begin the dedication at the site of UCSC’s first college, Cowell. The speakers that day included Governor Pat Brown and UC President Clark Kerr, both seated near McHenry.

See special anniversary feature on the 1964 dedication.

(Photo: Vester Dick; Courtesy of Covello & Covello)