Fresno City College, California’s first community college, was founded in 1910, but we have to go back to 1907 when Mr. C. L. McLane (the superintendent of Fresno City Schools in those days) recognized and expressed the need for higher education for students from across the San Joaquin Valley. It is through McLane’s efforts that a few years later the area witnessed the founding of Fresno Junior College which also led to great sports opportunities for many students.
The school’s first class included twenty students and there were three teachers. It was the time of the old Fresno Traction Company that had just recently added a few new trolley lines to its downtown Fresno network and the first trees had just been planted in J. C. Forkner’s Fig Garden. Those were the days that Theodore Kearney was escorting Lilly Langtree to her show at Fresno’s old Barton Opera House.
FFC, Fresno Football Club, is San Joaquin Valley’s very first pro soccer club. Fresno Football Club was earlier known as Fresno Fuego FC and is a member club of the USL (United Soccer League) that plays only one division below the MLS (Major League Soccer).
Fresno Football Club will open its inaugural soccer season in 2018 ( in March) and the club is hosting its home matches in beautiful downtown Fresno at the city’s Chukchansi Park. It is FFC’s aim to provide an inclusive, dynamic, top-class sporting experience and to create lasting memories for all of its fans in one of America’s most diverse and beautiful regions.
The mascot of Fresno Football Club is the fox. The fox is indigenous to this region and though it is small in stature, the fox is best known for its legendary survival instincts and fierce demeanor. The fox is smart, crafty, will not back down and create its own ways to thrive. And let’s face it, all of these characteristics and values are thoroughly embedded in the Central Valley culture.
In 1910, Fresno City College was founded as California’s first Community College. The school has a rich and long-standing tradition of excellence” in athletics, and during the history of the school’s Rams athletic programs, the athletes have marked no less than 53 Team California Championships, almost 115 Individual California Championships, and almost 360 Conference Championships. The following video is a bit older and shows how FCC’s Basketball Team wins the 2012 CCCAA title:
Within the twenty intercollegiate sports programs that the school’s athletes were participating in over the past year, 418 student-athletes were representing Fresno City College in CCCAA competitions. On an annual basis, the school is serving some 480 student-athletes, and the majority of these students are coming to the school from within California and the school’s Central Valley service area.
The City of Fresno (the “Raisin Capital”) was founded in 1872 by the Central Pacific Railroad Company after a Director for the company found a lush and green wheat field in the middle of barren, dry, and uninviting sand plains on a scouting trip in 1871. He considered this to be the perfect place to build a railway station and a new town.
The Central California Colony was eventually set up in 1875 at a location slightly south of what we now know as Fresno. This model settlement led to a range of developments all across the San Joaquin Valley. The land in the valley was divided into parcels of 20 to 40 acres and a system of irrigation canals was installed which resulted in great boulevards of eucalyptus, palms. or some other drought-resistant vegetation and trees.
The City of Fresno became the seat of Fresno County in 1874 and the city was incorporated in 1885. In 1890, the number of residents was already exceeding 10,000 population and in 1892, the first streetcars could be seen which made the development of the suburbs followed possible and soon enough, the area’s population grew considerably.