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Oldest public junior college in Texas opens
September 21, 1925
On this day in 1925, San Antonio College formally opened as University Junior College with an enrollment of 200 students. It is the oldest public two-year college in Texas still in operation. Classes were first conducted in San Antonio's old Main High School building. Under the administration of the University of Texas and in the absence of an appropriation to support the junior college, fees were charged on a quarterly basis. The state attorney general ruled in December 1925 that operation of a junior college by the University of Texas violated the state constitution; thus, supervision of the college, renamed San Antonio Junior College, passed to the San Antonio board of education for the second year of operation. In 1926 the college was assigned part of the building on Alamo Street formerly occupied by the German-English School. James Otis Loftin, president from 1941 to 1955, oversaw the period of the college's greatest growth. San Antonio College was adopted as the official name in 1948, and shortly thereafter the school moved to a thirty-seven-acre campus on San Pedro Avenue. The Alamo Community College District, consisting of San Antonio College, St. Philip's College, and two other campuses, enrolled nearly 49,000 students in the spring of 2003.
Future missionary ordained
September 21, 1826
On this day in 1826, Richard Salmon was ordained an Episcopal priest in New York, after two years as a deacon. He suffered from tuberculosis and, unsuccessful at ministry in the East, determined to take a colony of church members to Texas. But he also failed at the rare calling of clergyman-empresario, for his colony, already drastically reduced, disintegrated immediately upon arrival in Velasco in October 1836. Nevertheless, Salmon became the first Episcopal priest to minister canonically and regularly in Texas. He was one of two chaplains of the Texas Senate in the First Congress of the republic, and he officiated at Stephen F. Austin's funeral. After a long illness and a short stint as principal of the Houston city school, he returned to New York in 1840. In July 1849 he died of cholera on a steamboat near Baton Rouge while on his way back to Texas.
Worst bus accident in Texas history
September 21, 1989
On this day in 1989, the worst bus accident in Texas history occurred near the communities of Mission and Alton in Hidalgo County. At 7:30 A.M. a Dr Pepper truck hit a Mission school bus, knocking it into a caliche pit at the corner of Five-Mile Road and Bryan Road. Twenty-one children from the Alton area were drowned, and sixty were injured.
posted by Jeff - 9.21.2011 - The Texas State Historical Association
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