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May 17

Cuesta College builds a campus

Cuesta College was moving to new buildings in 1976 after  early years in World War II surplus buildings.

Cuesta College celebrates 50 years this year and the first major milestone was when voters approved bonds to finance building a brand new facility to replace the 30-year-old wood frame military barracks. This story is from June 5, 1976. Story by Kay Ready Buildings—once whitewashed enlisted men’s quarters for Camp San Luis Obispo, now paint-chipped …

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May 15

Cuesta College Tug-of-War 1968

NOT HARD TO TELL WHICH SIDE WON Cuesta College frosh triumphed.
©Michael Raphael/Telegram-Tribune

A tradition from the early days of Cuesta College sadly no longer practiced. Published October 12, 1968. Frosh gutty — Sophs muddy Mud, mud everywhere, especially on the sophomores—the result of a tug-o-war between Cuesta College’s freshmen and sophomores, with the younger set winning both dirty battles in a two-game series. Both class presidents got …

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May 14

Vocational training in 1968 at Cuesta College

Girls are learning how to run business machines at Cuesta College. ©Michael Raphael/Telegram-Tribune

In honor of Cuesta College’s 50th birthday a few posts this week from the Cuesta file. Today a lot of technical schools advertise in heavy rotation on television. However many of those programs are offered at local community colleges for less money than a for profit school and often these instructors have good insight into …

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Sep 23

Gas Rationing, Amphitheater Construction- World War II week by week

The battle of Stalingrad raged on as San Luis Obispo dedicated a new Odd Fellows hall. Telegram-Tribune Sept. 18, 1942

Sept. 10, 1942 Gas rationing was the recommendation of committee charged with managing the nation’s rubber supply. They reported to President Roosevelt that a national speed limit of 35 miles an hour was needed and they wanted to reduce the annual national average driving distance from 6,700 to 5,000 miles. According to 2011 statistics from …

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Mar 27

Remembering Grace Mitchell

Grace Mitchell prepares to lead the faculty and graduates of Cuesta College into the gym for commencement ceremonies Friday night. ©Tribune photo by David Middlecamp

Grace Mitchell was so popular she was named 1995 Citizen of the Year in San Luis Obispo even though she lived in Morro Bay. Her work in the community in addition to being president of Cuesta College led to more nominations than anyone in the previous 24-year history of the program. She was Cuesta College’s …

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Feb 03

Count Basie, jazz statesman

Count Basie waves good night to a standing ovation at Cuesta College. 9-18-1978 ©Thom Halls/Telegram-Tribune

William Basie did not have an easy path to success. His mother and father saved pennies to pay for music lessons. He began as a drummer in the school band and switched to piano in his teens. A good choice. His professional career began before he was 20 as a $3 a night piano player …

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Oct 19

Hollister Adobe, at Cuesta College campus

Interior view of Hollister Adobe at Camp San Luis Obispo, later Cuesta College. © Telegram-Tribune Jim Vestal How do you build a house without nails? In the early 1800s steel nails were costly, individually hand made by a blacksmith with raw material that came in by ship. You may want to skip that expense. Rawhide, …

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Oct 06

Cuesta College grows up

October 15, 1970 Telegram-Tribune

Almost 40 years ago today glimmers of a new era were seen at Cuesta College. Cuesta was founded five years earlier in Camp San Luis in army surplus buildings. Early students had decidedly a low tech classroom experience but the trustees had plans for something better across Chorro Creek. Earth began to move as a …

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Aug 22

I am a Cougar and I Ain’t Lion

Referee Joe Brudage, first casualty Juanita Booth, college nursing program director, brought him back quickly. Faculty/student basketball game featuring FATS (Faculty Athletic Training Society) against the varsity in the old Camp San Luis Obispo gym. ©Michael Raphael/The Tribune

Cuesta had a band? A theme song? Why did this tradition die out? Paging Cuesta Cougar, Cuesta Cougar to the white courtesy phone. From the March 13, 1969 then Telegram-Tribune Annual game FATS (faculty) wins at Cuesta By Mike Raphael Staff Writer Capitalizing on a slam-bang attack, Cuesta College’s “FATS” (Faculty Athletic Training Society) thoroughly …

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May 14

Cuesta amphitheater floral fashion show

Saucy hat tops spring ensemble in this 1969 fashion show. ©2010 The Tribune/David Ranns

Fashion shows were a staple event covered by the then Telegram-Tribune in the 1960s. It seemed like every week or two an organization was putting on a show. Styles were changing rapidly through the decade drawing from many sources. Early in the decade John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline brought a sense of fashion …

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