Citrus College
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Citrus College

Coordinates: 34°08?06.15?N 117°53?07.40?W / 34.1350417°N 117.8853889°W / 34.1350417; -117.8853889

Citrus College
Type Community College
Established 1915
President Geraldine M. Perri, Ph.D
Students 12,605[1]
Address 1000 West Foothill Boulevard, Glendora, CA 91741-1899, United States
Campus Suburban
104 acres (42 ha)
Colors Blue and White
Mascot Owls

Citrus College is a community college located in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora, California. The Citrus Community College District which supports the school includes the communities of Glendora, Azusa, Charter Oak, Claremont, Monrovia, and Duarte. The school is the oldest public community college in Los Angeles County, California; it was founded in 1915 by educator Floyd S. Hayden. Until 1961 the school was operated by the Citrus Union High School District. As of 2006, Citrus College enrolls over 12,000 students.

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, Citrus College had 632 students who transferred to universities during the 2005-2006 academic year, ranking seventh in the area.[]


The fountain at Citrus College with library in background.

The Haugh Performing Arts Center (HPAC) is a 1440-seat proscenium venue located on the 100-acre (40 ha) campus of Citrus College. HPACC is host to over 140 performances annually, with over 100,000 patrons in attendance. Seats are no more than 90 feet (27 m) from the stage.

The campus also holds a larger herbarium.

The opening title sequence for the 2010 film MILF was filmed on campus near the Hayden Library and fountain.

The campus is also served by a nearby rail station for the Metro Gold Line as of 5 March 2016.


The Citrus Owls are the college athletics team. The football and soccer team play at the 10,000-capacity Citrus Stadium.


Citrus College is home to the acclaimed Citrus Singers program. This program, started by Ben Bollinger back in the 1960s, has provided a foundation for students to learn music and perform. Many of its alumni have gone on to be performers on Broadway and Television. This group is now under the direction of Doug Austin.


This academic institution has accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It features a slew of professional memberships such as: the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Community College League of California (CCLC).[2]

Notable faculty

  • Alan Tussy, retired professor of mathematics, co-author of several textbooks for college mathematics.
  • Dale Salwak, Professor of English. Author of numerous acclaimed books, including Teaching Life, a memoir of over 35 years of teaching.
  • John Boylan (record producer), Professor of Critical Listening Skills, and Music Business/Audio Careers

Notable alumni

Free Speech Lawsuits

  • In 2003, at California's Citrus College, under the pressure of litigation and FIRE's national campaign for campus constitutional rights, the Board of Trustees voted to rescind most of the speech codes at the public institution. This was the first victory in FIRE's declared war on speech codes at public colleges and universities.[5]
  • In 2014, Citrus College was sued again by FIRE when Citrus College reinstated its policy in the early 2010s, when a Young Americans for Liberty chapter, led by Gabriel Nadales and Vincenzo Sinapi-Riddle, was threatened with sanctions for not staying inside the "Free Speech Zone." In an interview to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Greg Lukianoff, the president of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, said, "'Citrus College agreed to eliminate its restrictive 'free speech zone' in the face of a FIRE lawsuit back in 2003, but later reinstated its speech quarantine when it thought no one was watching'...'But FIRE was watching, and we'll continue to do so. If the speech codes come back again, so will we.'"[6]


  1. ^ "California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office - Data Mart". Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "About Citrus College". Citrus College. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "USC Record-setting Kicker Chris Limahelu Dies". USC Trojans. April 7, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "Lionel Manuel". Archived from the original on April 11, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Citrus College: Speech Code Litigation - FIRE". FIRE. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Citrus College to pay $110,000 to settle student's first amendment lawsuit". San Gabriel Valley Tribune. 2014-12-03. Retrieved .

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