Chaffey College

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Chaffey College
TypePublic community college
Budget$78.6 million[1]
PresidentHenry D. Shannon, Ph.D.
Students18,192 As of September 4, 2012[1]
Undergraduates18,192 As of September 4, 2012[1]
Location, ,
United States

34°08′49″N 117°34′12″W / 34.147°N 117.570°W / 34.147; -117.570Coordinates: 34°08′49″N 117°34′12″W / 34.147°N 117.570°W / 34.147; -117.570
Colors    Red, black, and white

Chaffey College is a public community college in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The college serves students in Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland. It is the oldest community college in California.[2]


Chaffey College of Agriculture, 1885.

The school was established in Ontario, California, in 1883, when city founders and brothers George and William Chaffey donated land and established an endowment for a private college. The private school was founded as the Chaffey College of Agriculture of the University of Southern California;[3] USC, also a private university, had been founded three years earlier in nearby Los Angeles. The cornerstone of the new school was laid on March 17, 1883, at Fourth and Euclid in Ontario; it opened on October 15, 1885. The original institution included a secondary school and was run by USC until 1901. During this period, Chaffey's football team had a 1–1 series with the young USC football team, winning 32–6 in 1893 and losing 38–0 in 1897.[4]

Student Services Administration Building

Financial troubles forced the school to close in 1901. The building was taken over by the city and became the home of Ontario High School (now Chaffey High School). In 1906 the Chaffey endowment was legally separated from USC and reorganized to benefit the newly created Chaffey Union High School District. When Ontario High school opened to students from Upland in 1911, its present name was adopted. In 1916, the Chaffey Junior College of Agriculture was added as a postgraduate department to the high school. The school's buildings were renovated and additional buildings added during the New Deal.

A separate junior college district was created in 1922 and in 1957 bonds were approved in support of a complete separation of the high school and college facilities. The current location in Rancho Cucamonga opened in the spring of 1960. The college's mascot is the Panther.

The Measure L bond provides up to $230 million in bonds during a 10-year period for the Facilities Master Plan. Off-site campuses in Fontana and Chino are also part of this master plan, with a new Fontana campus and Chino campus. The college remains open while undergoing construction, except for occasional diversions in traffic and parking.


Chaffey offers associate degrees and occupational certificates.[5] Chaffey offers one of the oldest aviation programs in the United States.


The college athletic teams are nicknamed the Panthers.

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Soccer
Football Softball
Soccer Swimming & diving
Swimming & diving Volleyball
Water Polo Water Polo

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "13th Annual / 2012 Report to the Community" (PDF). Chaffey College. October 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Blackstock, Joe (2007-12-21). "Chaffey College's first 125 years". San Bernardino County Sun. Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  3. ^ "History of Chaffey" (Taken from the 1917 FASTI Yearbook), Chaffey High School, November 27, 2005, accessed May 14, 2012.
  4. ^ "Southern California Game by Game Results". Archived from the original on 2006-10-30. Retrieved 2006-11-02.
  5. ^ "Counseling Department". Chaffey College. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  6. ^ Pitts, Thera (2006-11-20). "A diamond in the rough". The Chaffey Breeze. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2006-12-02.

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