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April 1, 1919

Garden City Junior College was established.

September 1, 1919 Classes begin at Garden City Junior College.


Ernest F. Monroe pictured with son, Arlo

Spring of 1920

GCJC’s first graduate, Mildred Hope, earned her degree.

1930

Social and academic college groups began to form.

1939

The Broncbuster mascot was adopted.


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Through the Decades - 1940-1959

1940-1946

GCJC continued operations through WWII, producing graduates during this time.

1952

GCJC acquired the bell from the old Garfield Elementary school. It would later become the Victory Bell.


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The college moved to the new GCHS building.

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1958

The college moved to their own building, which was known as “Little Pink University” or “LPU”.


Images courtesy of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame


1963

The college moved back to Sabine and Calkins Halls; also began using Ben Grimsley Gym and barracks buildings.

1965

Kansas Legislature passed Community College Act, authorizing establishment of 22 independent college, including GCCJC. Voters elected 1st College Board of Trustees in July of this year.

1965

GCCJC’s 1st president, L.C. Crouch, served from 1965 to 1971.

1965

GCCJC’s receives accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


First Decade The GCCC Student Center in 1969.

A cake prepared for the college’s 50th anniversary celebration and campus dedication in 1969.


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1971

Raymond Wamsley became 2nd President of GCCC.

1974

John Collins Vocational Building was constructed.

1974

Thomas Saffell became the 3rd President of GCCC.


1978

Residential life addition (now known as East Units) was built.

1979

GCCJC purchased 75 acres to build what is now Tangeman Fields.

1979

First annual Broncbuster Buddy Day event was held.


1986

Penka Building was constructed.

1988

William Stadium was added.

1988

Dr. James Tangeman was named 4th president of GCCC.

1990

Official emblem (logo) was designed.


1991

The Billy Buster mascot costume was introduced.

1995

GCCC Board of Trustees approved the mission statement.

2000

Dr. Carol Ballantyne was named 5th president of GCCC.


Image courtesy of GDA Speakers


2002

Three new Residential Life apartments were built increasing capacity from 234-306.

2003

Construction on a Student Center addition began; it was later named the Beth Tedrow Student Center.

2005

The “Front Door� project was completed; it included an addition to the Administration Building - now known as the Student and Community Service Center.


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A Fire Science training tower was added, allowing students and local agencies to train with live-burn scenarios and equipment.

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Construction of the Erdene Corley Simulation Lab and remodel of math and science labs.

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Dr. Herbert J. Swender became 6th president of GCCC.


2011-2019 2012

New “G� logo was introduced.

2013

New Meats lab and mobile lab purchased with TAACCT grant.

2013

Remodeled newly-acquired facility for Welding with KanTRAIN Grant.

2014

GCCC Meats team won the world championship at the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association


Dr. Ryan Ruda, 7th president of GCCC.

2015

8 additional housing units were built (now Broncbuster Housing).

2016

Purchase of 4 apartment buildings (now Broncbuster Suites)

2016

National Championship Broncbuster Football

2019

Dr. Ryan Ruda was named 7th president of GCCC.


1st official emblem (logo), created in 1990

Current logo, created in 2012


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