California School for the Deaf, Fremont
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|California School for the Deaf|
|39350 Gallaudet Drive
|Superintendent||Dr. Scott Kerby (acting)|
|Number of students||900|
|Color(s)||Orange and Black|
The California School for the Deaf is a school for deaf children in Fremont, California. The school educates deaf children from all over Northern California. Its campus in Fremont is adjacent to the campus of the California School for the Blind.
Founded in San Francisco in 1860, the school moved to Berkeley in 1869. The new site, constructed in 1869 at 2601 Warring St., Berkeley, CA, adjacent to the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, served as the school for the deaf until the late 1970s, when the University of California successfully petitioned for it to be condemned as seismically unsafe, forcing the school to move. A Daily Cal article on November 29, 1979 uncovered proof that the University administration had "coveted the Deaf and Blind School land for 57 years." Half of the school land went to UC Berkeley, while the other half went to the city. After the location was taken over by the university, it was renamed Clark Kerr campus, in honor of the first chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, and has served as an additional dormitory unit for its students.
The State Department of Education purchased land for the new school for the Deaf at its current location in Fremont, CA, in an area found to be at least as seismically unstable as the school's original site. The California School for the Deaf, Fremont opened in the Fall of 1980.