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On undeveloped farmland where only cottontails and coyotes called home, the campus was built on land donated by the John Carpenter family. It was the sixth in the seven colleges of the DCCCD.
Constructed on 276 acres of gently rolling hills, the innovative design of the college “expresses a humanistic view of the contemporary world . . . in harmony with nature and economical in construction” said architect Joe Guthrie with Envirodynamics, Inc. The buildings were originally designed to house solar panels. However, the new technology was not economical for the college to use. The total development cost of the college was $21 million, which did not include the land. That first fall semester, 2900 students registered for credit classes and 2000 for continuing education.
The first president of North Lake was Dr. Donald Newport, the youngest college president in the country at age 36. Vice President of Instruction was Dr. Glen Bounds; Vice President of Student Services, Mr. Walt Bowie; and Vice President of Business Services, Mr. Mike Howard.
The Early Years: Birth of the Blazers
The Early Years: North Lake at Ten