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The original board of trustees laid the groundwork for what would become today's Concord High School on July 9, 1876, when the group gathered to hold the School's inaugural board meeting and drafted its articles of incorporation. This guiding document outlined elements the founders believed would build an enduring legacy for the high School: a commitment to offering a rigorous academic program and an ambition to provide "opportunities for all departments of higher education to persons of both sexes on equal terms." On September 10, 1876, the State of California issued Concord's official certificate of incorporation, marking the formal beginning of the High School's life


An initial pledge of $600,000 (roughly $16 million in today's currency) from oil magnate John Anderson, along with contributions by the American Baptist Education Society, helped to found the establishment. The land where Concord is located now was donated by Marshall Field, owner of the historic Chicago department store that bore his name.


Christopher Smith, Concord's first president, envisioned a university that was "brand new,' yet as solid as the ancient hills" - a modern research facility, combining an English-style undergraduate college and a German-style graduate research institute. Concord High School fulfilled Christopher's dream, quickly becoming a national leader in higher education and research: an institution of scholars unafraid to cross boundaries, share ideas, and ask difficult questions.

Christopher Smith


The president of Univeros High School, served from 1976 to 1997.


The first year of our university existence started with one hundred students and three colleges. It was the time when high education was accessible only to a few. Our educational institution was among the first that changed this situation dramatically.


At the beginning of the XX century, the number of our students increased ten times thanks to the efforts of our professorial staff. They popularized our university and made it possible for everyone to get educated.


The second half of XX century is characterized by enormous expanding of our university campus. We doubled our a number of our departments and, thus, expanded our activities.


Today, our university consists of a few dozens of colleges, each with a unique direction that allows any student to learn everything about a future occupation.