Sapporo Agricultural College

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Sapporo Agricultural College (札幌農学校 Sapporo nōgakkō?) was a school in Sapporo established for the purpose of educating students who would settle Hokkaidō by Kaitakushi, the local government of Hokkaidō in those days. Once established as an autonomous school, it became part of Tohoku Imperial University in 1907, and was transferred to Hokkaido Imperial University (current Hokkaido University) in 1918.


Sapporo Agricultural College was founded as the Sapporo School in September 1875. It originally was called Kaitakushi Tentative School (開拓使仮學校 Kaitakushi karigakko?) founded in Tokyo in 1872.

It was renamed Sapporo Agricultural College one year later. The first president of the college was Zusho Hirotake. Dr. William Smith Clark, a graduate of Amherst College and the president of the Massachusetts Agricultural College was appointed as the vice president of the college . Clark taught in Sapporo only eight months but left a deep impact on the students. Specifically, his parting words, "Boys, be ambitious," have become among the most famous phrases in Japan. He was followed by William Penn Brooks, also from Massachusetts Agricultural College. As the second vice president, another American, Wheeler was invited. Cecil Peabody was a professor of mathematics (circa 1878 to 1882).

In September 1907, it became the College of Agriculture under Tohoku Imperial University in Sendai.

In April 1918, the Hokkaido Imperial University was established, and Sapporo Agricultural College was transferred to it.

Hokkaido Imperial University was renamed Hokkaido University in December 1947, a name it retains to this day. Thus, Sapporo Agricultural College remains as the Faculty of Agriculture of Hokkaido University.