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This week in history: Palm Beach State College opens

On Nov. 14, 1933, forty-one students began classes at Palm Beach Junior College, the first public junior college in Florida. The college opened in a 1927 Mediterranean Revival building that was part of the Palm Beach High School campus, and moved to its current suburban Lake Worth location in 1955. Its name changed to Palm Beach Community College in 1988, and to Palm Beach State College in 2010.

The 1927 Mediterranean Revival building originally served as a science and manual training building for Palm Beach High School. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. (Photo courtesy of the Florida Division of Historical Resources)

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Posted in Flashback blog November 8, 2010 at 6:00 am.

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  1. J.R. Dempsey Nov 8th 2010

    I attended the Lake Worth campus from 1992-1995, beginning with evening classes and later day classes. I have many fond memories of my days there. One of my favorite professors was Dr. Butterworth who taught French. He was a graduate of McGill University in Toronto. He was fond of saying to students, “You have a vocabulary like a Canadian corporation-LTD (limited).” That never failed to get a rise out the target of his jibes. I do recall that the graduation ceremonies in the summer of 1965 were held in the auditorium at the old Palm Beach High. Two of my teachers from Conniston Jr. High also taught there, Hugh Cobb and Robert Moss.

    Ah, for the glory days!

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