Ben Simon is a student assistant in Special Collections & Archives. This summer he is working on a project to organize the papers of Cal Poly President Julian McPhee (1933-1966). This is the third in a series of posts in which he shares his experiences processing McPhee’s papers and learning more about the university’s history.
For decades, a rumor persisted among Cal Poly students and faculty that the university was established as a men’s-only college. I will finally debunk that myth: Cal Poly was established in 1901 as a coeducational vocational school. It was not until 1930 that the college banned women from admission, a ban which lasted nearly 27 years.