college of the desert

Explore Palm Springs: College of the Desert

October 1958 judging produces name for Palm Desert campus.

Renee Brown History

On Oct. 28, 1958, The Desert Sun, in conjunction with the Coachella Valley Junior College District, announced that judges had selected the name “College of the Desert” from over 95 submissions from residents of Palm Springs Unified School District and Coachella Valley Union High School District, which together comprised the Coachella Valley Junior College District. The winner of the contest,