Moorpark College

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Coordinates: 34°17′59.66″N 118°50′06.27″W / 34.2999056°N 118.8350750°W / 34.2999056; -118.8350750

Moorpark College
Moorpark College logo
Motto Bridge to the Future
Established 1967
Endowment $99,410 (2011/2012) [1]
President Luis Pablo Sanchez [2]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 13,756[3]
Address 7075 Campus Road, 93021, Moorpark, CA, USA
Campus 150 acres (61 ha)
Colors Black and Columbia blue
Athletics Western State
Mascot Raiders

Moorpark College is a California state community college with a 150-acre (61 ha) campus on a hillside in Moorpark, in Ventura County, California. It was established in 1967 with enrollment of 2,500 students, and enrolled 14,254 students in 2014.[4] An Exotic Animal Training and Management houses over 200 animals on campus.[5][6]


The Moorpark College Jazz "A" Band, in one of the school's Auditoriums

The Governing Board of the Ventura County Community College District established Moorpark College in 1967. In addition to the land already owned by the District, Moorpark College expanded into a 134-acre (54 ha) parcel of land on Moorpark's eastern boundary, donated by a local ranching family, the Strathearns.[7]

In 1965, the citizens of Ventura County passed a bond for 8 million dollars to build the first part of the college. Construction of the administration, science, technology, gymnasium, and Maintenance buildings, and the Library and Campus Center began in 1966.

Moorpark College officially opened on September 11, 1967. The College's first president, Dr. John Collins, welcomed almost 1,400 students and 50 faculty members.

Dr. Robert Lombardi became the College's second president in 1971. Under his direction, enrollment doubled, and the college added emphasis on preparing students to transfer to four-year schools.[7]

Dr. Ray Hearon is thus far the longest-serving president, in office from 1974 to 1989. In 1980, the Moorpark College Foundation was formed to fund construction of an athletic stadium, amphitheater, and observatory.[8] The 6,000 seat stadium, completed in 1985, was named after Paul Griffin Jr., a major benefactor. In 1987, the Charles Temple Observatory, the only public observatory in Ventura County, and Carlsberg Amphitheater were dedicated at the college's 20th anniversary celebration.

The nearby Oxnard College solicited Moorpark's help in establishing a Camarillo Center,[9] located on California State University, Channel Islands' campus.[10]

In 2000, a high school for juniors and seniors opened on the college campus, called The High School at Moorpark College (separate from Moorpark High School, but part of the Moorpark Unified School District). The first class to graduate in 2001 numbered 25.

In 2004 and 2005, various bond projects were completed, such as a parking lot renovation and all-weather track.

For the 2007 transferring cohort of eligible students (2,252), Moorpark College transferred 130 to a 4-year accredited universities in two years, 480 in three years, and 793 and four years.[11]

Dr. Bernard Luskin who was the former president of Orange Coast College and Coastline Community College and EVP and COO of AACC was appointed interim president of Moorpark College in September, 2013.


  • The Wall of Fame is a collage of MC athletic action photos, and was featured in the TV show “The White Shadow
  • The college operates an Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) Program with an on-site zoo that is open to the public which was founded by William Brisby[12] in 1971.
  • Award-winning film director, producer and screenplay writer Gregory Nava first taught cinematography classes at Moorpark College from 1976–1978 after graduating from UCLA film school.
  • Moorpark College's campus newspaper (The Student Voice) covers information for both Oxnard College and Ventura College.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ Press Release (December 23, 2014) "VCCCD Board to Confirm Moorpark College President" Ventura County Community College District
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  5. ^ Willer-Allred, Michele (March 2, 2010). "Moorpark College breaks ground on new zoo facility". Ventura County Star. 
  6. ^ Willer-Allred, Michele (September 29, 2011). "New EATM complex at Moorpark College nearly finished". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "History – Moorpark College". Official site. 2007. Archived from the original on July 8, 2007. Retrieved May 17, 2007. 
  8. ^ Cowden Moore, Jean (January 12, 2013). "College foundations differ widely in how much they raise, what they spend". Ventura County Star. 
  9. ^ "Oxnard College History". Oxnard College, Official site. 2006. Archived from the original on April 12, 2007. Retrieved May 17, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Welcome to Camarillo Satellite". State of California, Official site. 2004. Archived from the original on February 7, 2007. Retrieved May 17, 2007. 
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  12. ^ William Brisby Founder of EATM
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  19. ^ Shen, Maxine (October 20, 2010). "Finishing school: College vs. career for teen stars". Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Gabe Kapler Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  21. ^ Hiserman, Mike. "A Spartan Life Style : Ken Lutz Gave Up Carousing in College to Uphold Tradition at San Jose State as One of Nation's Top-Ranked Passers". Los Angeles Times. September 29, 1988. Archived from the original on December 30, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
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