As students everywhere prepare for the upcoming semester, it’s only fitting that students, alumni, and fans alike squeeze in a quick study session regarding one of our favorite subjects of all: USC Trojan History! Feel free to take notes:
- USC’s baseball team won their 5th NCAA title in a row in 1974. To this day, the record has yet to be beaten.
- In 1975, USC opened America’s first Gerontology School.
- The University founded USC’s Black Alumni Association in 1976.
- USC’s Marching Band was asked to participate in Fleetwood Mac’s album by lending their sounds to the rockers’ title song “Tusk” in 1979.
- USC’s Doheny Memorial Library acquired its 2 millionth book in 1981 — a milestone worthy of celebration!
- Prior to opening the 1984 Olympic Games, U.S. President Ronald Reagan paid a historic visit to USC.
- In 1987, USC became the first college in U.S. history to own and operate a fast-food restaurant franchise on campus. Carl’s Jr. was that restaurant, and has only grown in popularity nationwide since then.
- In 1989, USC made history when it began offering a doctorate in occupational science. USC was the first university in the world to do so.
- Professor George Olah, a highly regarded USC Professor, won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1994.
USC has enjoyed a rich history ever since the beginning, and just think — there’s still plenty to learn and experience! (Don’t worry — this won’t be on the mid-term. See you in a few weeks!)
Our Summer USC lessons are back in session to make sure that Trojan team spirit stays up. Make sure you study — they may be on the final. 😉 Did you know:
- University Avenue was closed to automobile traffic in 1953, which was a big step in helping the campus become more pedestrian-accessible. The change was very influential, as today, we all know that area as Trousdale Parkway.
- Along with Vice President Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, a U.S. Senator at the time, came to speak to USC in 1960.
- USC’s Michael Lockett Garrett won the Trojans’ first Heisman trophy in 1965. Garrett would later go on to play football professionally for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and the San Diego Chargers.
- In 1971, USC begins the country’s first Department of Emergency Medicine. Today, the Department provides emergency medical services to the County’s 10 million residents.
- The USC Information Sciences Institute was founded in 1972. The Institute was instrumental in developing the internet into a system that would be accessible both nationally and internationally.
That’s it for today’s lesson, Trojans! We now return you to your regularly scheduled summer break. Be sure to check back next month to learn more about our mighty Trojan history!