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The Vanguard University Campus Buildings collection includes images that chronicle the history of the institution from its first campus in Highland Park to its current location in Costa Mesa. Vanguard University first opened in 1920 as Southern California Bible School (SCBS). The first SCBS campus on Echo Street in Highland Park (Los Angeles) was actually a fifteen room home donated by a wealthy New York widow. Enrollment grew rapidly and the Echo Street campus, which was used for seven years, could no longer comfortably facilitate the school. In 1927, SCBS moved to the Avenue 64 campus in Pasadena. The new campus was spacious with plenty of classrooms and 95 dorm rooms. In 1939, SCBS became Southern California Bible College (SCBC) after it was given approval to grant degrees. The school experienced tremendous growth, and, on September 11, 1950, SCBC moved to its current location in Costa Mesa. In the following years, the school changed its name two more times to Southern California College (SCC) and to Vanguard University of Southern California. 

Interested in learning more about the history of Vanguard University? In A Vine of His Own Planting, Dr. Lewis Wilson details the first 80 years of the institution.

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