in 1862, not "1857"
Defend STATE's Real Traditions
Welcome to California State Normal School™, a place
where San Jose students and alumni can "normalize"
themselves by learning about their school's original name,
real traditions, and authentic identity (California State).
This is an identity that has long been suppressed by "San
Jose State" revisionists who have renamed the school,
changed its year of establishment and even attempted to rewrite
history. Why? Because they prefer the provincial "SJSU"
name, but have to "adjust" history to make it work.
One of the principal ways the revisionists have tried to alter
the University's identity is by changing its date of establishment
from 1862 to 1857 to obscure the school's original name. The
California State Normal
School (now, "SJSU") was founded on May 2, 1862, and not
in "1857" as the historical revisionists would have
Other techniques used by the provincialists to obscure the
school's real identity include (1) falsely calling the school
the "oldest public university on the West Coast"
instead of the oldest in California (the University
of Washington - 1861 and Western
Oregon University - 1856 were both established as public
institutions before San Jose State was), (2) misnaming, or
failing to use the California State name in historical accounts;
(3) failing to accurately account for the years the schools
California State's name was publicly used (1862-1921 &
1972-1974); and (4) failing to recognize the school's historic
San Jose's original "California State" name, its
authentic 1862 date of establishment, its status as the State
of California's oldest institution of higher learning, and
its historic Eureka Seal represent the school's oldest and
most sacred traditions. But these traditions have been compromised
by anti-California alumni and administrators who need to suppress
them to maintain the school's failed "San Jose State"
identity. This identity has contributed to the decline of
the school as a CSU campus, degraded the value of the school's
degrees, and contributed to the failure of school institutions
like Spartan football.
combat these revisionist policies and the erision of the school's
prestige, stature and recognition, pro-California alumni and
students in San Jose have published this website and now offer
a California State commemorative T-shirt
that features the school's authentic original name and 1862
year of establishment.
If you care about your school's most authentic traditions,
about mazimizing the value of your San Jose CSU degree, and
about how your California State tax dollars are being spent
in a manner that harms the University, please join us in contacting
SJSU's president at email@example.com
and the CSU Chancellor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ask them to restore integrity and honesty to San Jose's identity
by requiring: (1) that the school's authentic 1862 date of
establishment be used, (2) that the school be identified in
all marketing materials as the oldest state institution of
higher learning in California (not on the West Coast); (3)
that the California State Normal School (1862-1921) and the
California State University, San Jose (1972-1974) names be
properly identified in all historical accounts in University
publications, marketing materials and media; and (4) that
the school's historic Eureka Seal be recognized and used as
the school official seal.
California State Normal School, San Jose, Catalog for 1918-1919
school year. Says "Established in 1862".
Cover of California State Normal School, San Jose, Catalog for
1899-1900 school year. Features early version of school's historic