San Bernardino Valley College

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San Bernardino Valley College
SBVC Ball logo
Motto'Your future starts here.'
TypeCommunity College
ChancellorBruce Baron
PresidentDiana Z. Rodriguez
Academic staff
(148 Full-time &
429 Part-time)
Administrative staff
701 South Mount Vernon Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92410
, , ,
CampusUrban, 82 acres (33 ha)
ColorsBlue and Gray          
AffiliationsSan Bernardino Community College District
MascotWolverines (2000-Present) Indians (1926-2000)

San Bernardino Valley College is a community college located in San Bernardino, California that offers 138 programs. It is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The two-year college has an enrollment of 17,044[1] students and covers 82 acres (33 ha). Valley College is also a part of the San Bernardino Community College District which includes Crafton Hills College located in nearby Yucaipa and the Professional Development Center in San Bernardino.


San Bernardino Junior College, circa 1933

San Bernardino Junior College was established in 1926 and is the twenty-fifth oldest community college in California.[citation needed] In 1926, San Bernardino Valley College's campus was split between San Bernardino High School and Colton High School and consisted of 140 students and one administrator, George H. Jantzen, who was dean of the college. Today, San Bernardino Valley College offers classes to 25,000 students and runs on an annual budget of $59 million. The college district, which includes two campuses, has 148 full-time faculty, 429 part-time faculty and staff of 459. It serves multiple high school districts, and the district encompasses nearly 500 square miles (1,300 km2).[citation needed]


As part of the state system of community colleges, San Bernardino Valley College is dedicated to providing educational opportunities at minimum cost. Central to San Bernardino Valley College's philosophy is the idea of general education - a system of instruction that gives the student a basic competence in written and spoken English, mathematics, history and government. A regard for health, both mental and physical. Also, grasp of the basic disciplines and methodologies of human and scientific study, and knowledge in some depth of chosen subject area. The college offers degrees in the arts and sciences to students who successfully complete a comprehensive two-year course study. This course study corresponds to the lower division requirements of the University of California and the California State University system, so qualified students can transfer to four-year institutions with junior standing. San Bernardino Valley College transfer students have demonstrated a high success rate in continuing their education at the four-year college and university level. While recognizing the importance of a general education, the college also recognizes an obligation to provide specialized programs. Programs that lead directly to employment or to improving the skill and knowledge of those already employees in the work force. To achieve this, the college offers more than 40 programs in technical and occupational fields. Courses may be taken individually to improve specific skills or as part of a program leading to an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science and or a Certificate of Completion in specific occupational fields. Qualified students can even combine work and study through work experience programs. San Bernardino Valley College was a pioneer in the work/study concept. In addition to general and occupational programs, San Bernardino Valley College offers developmental programs for students who need to improve basic skills before taking advanced classes. Services from the campus’ counseling and guidance programs, service for disabled students, veterans, and other adults. San Bernardino Valley College has been a leader in programs for the physically restricted, including adaptive physical education classes.

Student life[edit]

San Bernardino Valley College also offers its students a diverse selection of clubs. At San Bernardino Valley College there are more than 30 clubs and organizations representing a variety of academic and career pursuits. There are also a number of special interest groups.

Board Of Trustees[edit]

Joseph Williams, President
Gloria Macias Harrison, Vice President
Donna Ferracone, Clerk
John Longville, Trustee
Dr. Donald L. Singer, Trustee
Dr. Anne L. Viricel, Trustee
Frank Reyes, Trustee
Jajuan Dotson, CHC Student Trustee
Autumn Blackburn, SBVC Student Trustee

Middle College High School[edit]

Located on the SBVC campus, Middle College High School is a 3-year high school that reaches out to students with high potential but who may be struggling on a regular high school campus. Students spend mornings in Valley College courses and the afternoon taking high school classes in English, math and science. Students can graduate with an associate degree at the same time as a high school diploma.

The school boasts a 98% graduation rate and the highest Academic Performance Index score (832) of any high school in San Bernardino or Riverside counties. It has won a federal recognition under the 2008 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools award.[2]


San Bernardino Valley College is a member of the Foothill Conference for 11 of its 12 sports. SBVC Football is a member of the American Division-Mountain Conference. Each sport has a different competitive alignment within the conference. SBVC competes with: Antelope Valley College, Barstow Community College, Cerro Coso, Chaffey College, College of the Desert, Compton College (Football Only), East Los Angeles College (Football Only), Mt. San Jacinto College, Rio Hondo College, San Diego Mesa College (Football Only), and Victor Valley College.

From 1926-2000 SBVC's mascot was the Indians, since 2000 SBVC's mascot has been the Wolverines, much to the dismay of alumni and area tribes alike.

The Men's and Women's basketball teams play their home games in the Joseph W. Snyder Gymnasium, which was built in 1975.

Athletic championships[edit]

San Bernardino Valley College has numerous accomplishments in the field of competitive sports. Below will soon include a listing of those athletic achievements only bestowed on a select few. The author of this section would like to acknowledge the work of alumnae Roger Schmidt and Harry Carson Frye and thank them for their extensive history which provides the base of the information below.[citation needed]

National champions[edit]

Football (1926–Present) Men's Archery (1952–1978) Women's Archery (1952–1978) Mixed Team Archery (1952–1978)
2 time National Champions 5 time National Champions 2 time National Champions 1 time National Champion
1951 & 1992 1960-1971-1972-1973-1975 1960 & 1974 1973

State champions[edit]

Men's Cross Country (1928–Present) Football (1926–Present) Women's Soccer (1996–Present)
5 time State Champions 2 time State Champions State Champions
2006-2007-2008-2009-2010 1982 & 1992 2010
Wrestling (1955–2001) Men's Archery (1952–1978) Men's Golf (1929–1992)
7 time State Champions 3 time State Champions State Champion
1958-1959-1960-1961-1963-1967-1968 1972-1973-1974 1957
Men's Volleyball (1929–1982) Women's Archery (1952–1978) Women's Gymnastics (1952–1978) Co-ed Archery (1952–1978)
State Champion 3 time State Champions State Champions 3 time State Champions
1975 1972-1973-1974 1968 1972-1973-1974

Conference champions[edit]

Baseball (1927–Present) Men's Basketball (1926–Present) Women's Basketball (1975–Present)
15 time Conference Champion 14 time Conference Champion 9 time Conference Champion
1946-1960-1961-1963-1972-1984-1986-1990-1993-1998-2003-2004-2013-2014-2015 1946-1956-1970-1971-1988-1993-2003-2005-2007-2009-2010-2012-2014-2015 1998-2001-2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-2014-2015
Women's Cross Country (1977–Present) Men's Cross Country (1928–Present) Football (1926–Present)
6 time Conference Champion 24 time Conference Champion 15 time Conference Champion
1991-2005-2006-2007-2013-2014 1947-1980-1986-1990-1992-1996-1997-1998-1999-2000-2001-2002-2003-2004-2005-2006-2007-2008-2009-2010-2011-2012-2013-2014 1927-1937-1938-1943-1952-1959-1982-1988-1991-1992-1993-1995-1996-1997-2010
Softball (1977–Present) Men's Track & Field (1927–Present) Women's Track & Field (1980–Present) Women's Soccer (1996–Present)
5 time Conference Champion 12 time Conference Champion 3 time Conference Champion 7 time Conference Champion
1978-1979-1987-1998-2015 1989-1990-1991-1992-1993-1994-1995-1997-2001-2002-2004-2005 1983-2001-2002 2008-2009-2010-2012-2013-2014-2015
Women's Volleyball (1974–Present) Wrestling (1955–2001) Men's Golf (1929–1992)
13 time Conference Champion 14 time Conference Champion 6 time Conference Champion
1976-1986-1994-1995-1996-1997-1998-2000-2001-2002-2004-2005-2006 1958-1959-1960-1961-1962-1963-1964-1965-1966-1967-1968-1969-1970-1972 1931-1938-1947-1948-1958-1980
Men's Tennis (1927–2004) Women's Tennis (1973–2002) Men's Swimming (1948–1993)
9 time Conference Champion 4 time Conference Champion Conference Champion
1947-1950-1951-1952-1964-1983-1985-1986-1987 1985-1986-1987-1991 1989
Women's Swimming (1983–1993) Men's & Women's Archery (1952–1978) Men's Volleyball (1972–1982)
2 time Conference Champion 7 time Conference Champion 5 time Conference Champion
1991–1992 1971-1972-1973-1974-1975-1977-1978 1974-1975-1976-1977-1978
Men's Gymnastics (1926–1969) Women's Gymnastics (1967–1969) Bowling (1947–1973) Badminton (1939–1975)
Conference Champion 2 time Conference Champion Conference Champion Conference Champion
1933 1967–1968 1971 1974

Seismic reconstruction[edit]

The college's original builders were unaware of local fault hazards, and constructed the campus upon an elevated pressure ridge (the Bunker Hill Dike) along the San Jacinto Fault Zone, which bisects the campus and ran under the foundations of some buildings. Between 2001 and 2010, several of the campus' major buildings have been demolished and new ones built nearby.

Original survey[edit]

In 1935, with the damage from the 1933 Long Beach earthquake still a recent memory, SBVC hired John Buwalda of the Caltech Seismological Laboratory to assess seismic hazards. Buwalda discovered and reported the presence of the fault, specifically recommending "a thousand-foot-wide zone of no building, which basically took in almost the entire campus. They [SBVC] ignored his advice, even though they paid for his report."[3]


The trustees of SBVC hired Professor Kerry Sieh, also of Caltech, to perform a seismic hazard study in 1995-1996. This confirmed the danger of the fault to the campus. Excavated trenches revealed that the surface trace of the fault passed through four of the school’s buildings. Eight other buildings were determined to be at risk due to secondary ground fracturing or their location across an active surface fold caused by shallow blind thrust faulting. The buildings, most over 50 years old, were not built to modern seismic standards and it was decided that creating new buildings away from, and parallel to, the fault would be more sensible than retrofitting the aging ones.


Buildings replaced included the Administration Building, the Library, the Student Center/Cafeteria Building, the Art Building, the Physical Sciences Buildings, the Life Science Building, and North Hall.[4] Prominently preserved is the Auditorium. Built in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration, the ornate building contains the clock tower that is featured on many of the college's publications.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Susan Anton: singer and actress; Miss California 1969; second runner-up Miss America 1969
  • Bob Bees: American football player
  • George Brown, Jr.: member of the United States House of Representatives from 1963–1971 and 1973–1999, representing the San Bernardino and Riverside regions of California.
  • Jack H. Brown: Stater Bros. Markets Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer[5]
  • John Butler (American Football): National Football League General manager of the Buffalo Bills and the San Diego Chargers.
  • Wilmer Carter: Member of the California State Assembly, 62nd District from 2002–present and name sake of Wilmer Amina Carter High School
  • Nick Coussoulis: Developer and Investor; built Coussoulis Arena at California State University, San Bernardino.
  • Julio Cruz (baseball): former professional baseball player who played second base in the major leagues from 1977–1986; with the Seattle Mariners, from 1978 through 1983, he stole over 40 bases each season and was the team's all-time leader in that statistic.
  • Rich Dauer: former professional baseball player who played with the Baltimore Orioles primarily as an infielder from 1976–85; was an All-American at the University of Southern California and helped the Trojans win the 1974 College World Series; currently the third base coach for the Colorado Rockies.
  • Gerald R. Eaves: San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors from 1992–2000; California State Assemblyman from 1984–1992; Mayor of Rialto from 1980–1984; Rialto City Council from 1977-1980.
  • Dino Ebel: former manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers who is currently the third base coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
  • Dr. Guy H. Harris: Chemistry professor at Sisters of Mercy College in Burlingame, CA, Researcher, Stanford University, Chemist, researcher, inventor, 51 flotation regents patents with Dow Chemical, Senior Lecturer Chemistry, University of Ghana, Accra, professor John F. Kennedy University, Visiting Research Engineer University of California, Berkeley[6]
  • Johnnie Harris: Arena Football League defensive specialist with the Philadelphia Soul. He has previously played for the Tampa Bay Storm (1996–1998), the Orlando Predators (2005), and the Grand Rapids Rampage (2006). Harris also played in the National Football League as a defensive back for the Oakland Raiders (1999–2001) and the New York Giants (2000–2003).
  • Bobby Hosea: SBVC football player, actor; played in over 70 TV and film lead roles, including The O.J. Simpson Story and D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear.
  • Ken Hubbs: second baseman who played from 1961 to 1963 for the Chicago Cubs in the National League.
  • Dennis Hansberger: San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors from 1972-2008.
  • Al Jury: football official in the National Football League (NFL) from 1978 to 2004 as a field judge then as a back judge when the league swapped position names in 1998. Over the course of his NFL career, Jury was selected to officiate in a record-tying five Super Bowls: XX in 1986, XXII in 1988, XXIV in 1990, XXVIII in 1994 and XXXIV in 2000.
  • Dirk Kempthorne: U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 2006–2009; Governor of Idaho from 1999–2006; U.S. Senator from Idaho from 1993-1999.
  • Jerry Lewis (politician): member of the United States House of Representatives since 1979, representing the California's 41st congressional district; former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
  • Pat Morris Pat Morris (politician): Mayor of San Bernardino 2005–Present; founder the San Bernardino Boys and Girls Club; Judge, San Bernardino County Superior Court from 1976-2005.
  • Craig Newsome: NFL cornerback who played for the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. He was the starting cornerback on the 1996 Green Bay Packers championship team. He also had a forced fumble and an interception in Super Bowl XXXI.
  • Chuck Obershaw: former CEO of Chuck Obershaw Toyota in San Bernardino.
  • Chris Parker: American football player
  • Robert D. Pryor: Special Forces (United States Army) in the Vietnam War, Recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross (United States)[7][8][9] City Planner and City Councilman of Stanwood, Washington[10] Writer[11][12] veterans/prosopagnosia advocate[13]
  • Joseph C. Rodriguez: United States Army soldier who was awarded the Medal of Honor - the United States' highest military decoration for his actions near Munye-ri, Korea during the Korean War.
  • Julie Sommars: actress; nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.
  • Dr. Earl R. Stadtman: Internationally Renowned Biochemist
  • Twyla Tharp: dancer and choreographer. She has won Emmy and Tony awards, and currently works as a choreographer in New York City.
  • John Trudell: author, poet, actor, musician, and Native American political activist.
  • Mike Ulufale: American football player
  • Judith Valles: Mayor of San Bernardino 1997-2005, she is the first Latina elected Mayor in the City's history; in 2001 she ran unopposed for a second term.
  • Tyree Washington: sprinter; 5 time gold medalist in the 4 × 400 m relay and the 400m.
  • Jim Weatherwax: member of the Super Bowl I Champion Packers.
  • Jimmy Webb: songwriter; his compositions include "Up, Up and Away", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman", "Galveston" and "MacArthur Park". His songs have been recorded or performed by Glen Campbell, The 5th Dimension, Richard Harris, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, and R.E.M., among others.
  • Edwin Wylie Vascular surgery: one of the early American pioneers who developed and fostered advanced training in vascular surgery and pushed for its recognition as a specialty in the United States in the 1970s.
  • Charles E. Young: Chancellor Emeritus and Professor at the UCLA School of Public Affairs; chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles from 1968–1997; president of the University of Florida 1999-2004; currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice," David Addison is woken up while wearing an SBVC Indians basketball jersey.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b California, State of. "California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office - Data Mart". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  2. ^ Schatz, Carolyn G. (November 14, 2007). "Reaching out to students". San Bernardino Sun. Retrieved 2007-11-15.
  3. ^ Sieh, Kerry (2000). "Acts of God, Acts of Man: How Humans Turn Natural Hazards into Natural Disasters." Engineering and Science, 63 (4), 8-17
  4. ^ "San Bernardino Valley College opens four new buildings". 20 August 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
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  6. ^ Harris, Guy H. ive; Bancroft Library. Regional Oral History Office; Quivik, Fred. "A career in mining chemicals : oral history transcript / 2003". Retrieved 19 April 2018 – via Internet Archive.
  7. ^ "Robert D Pryor – Legion of Valor". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Robert Pryor - Recipient - Military Times Hall Of Valor". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
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  11. ^ Kelley, Jim (19 April 2018). "Tales from the Teamhouse: True Special Forces Stories". Morris Publishing. Retrieved 19 April 2018 – via Google Books.
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Coordinates: 34°05′14″N 117°18′38″W / 34.08722°N 117.31056°W / 34.08722; -117.31056