Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

When the college opened in 1913, sports were an immediate and important part of the school. Initially, high school and college students played on the same teams, but the college quickly established separate teams for a variety of sports. By 1931, FJC had seven coaches for the men’s teams (left to right): Thornton H. Lodge, tennis and golf; E. Y. Johnson, boxing and general physical education; Glenn H. Lewis, head of the Physical Education Department; Arthur L. Nunn, football, basketball, and baseball; W. Harold Land, track and field; Matthew U. Weightman, cross-country; and Albert W. Dowden, swimming and diving. Lewis headed the department from 1920 to 1939. As enrollment in junior colleges increased, competition in men’s sports became sharper and led to vigorous recruiting of high school graduates. In May 1932, FJC students staged their first demonstration when administration proposed eliminating athletics to save money. The Los Angeles Times reported on May 19, 1932 (p.11) that the student body conducted an unauthorized parade as students left class without permission.
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