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1974

The USC School of Urban and Regional Planning is founded.

1973

The USC Credit Union opens its doors.

1972

The USC Joint Educational Project (JEP) — one of the oldest service-learning programs in the United States — is launched.

1971

The USC Annenberg School for Communication (renamed the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2009) is established.

1970a

Historian John R. Hubbard is elected as USC’s eighth president. President Emeritus Norman Topping is elected as USC’s second chancellor.

1968

USC launches “The Urban Semester,” a program that sends students out of the classroom and laboratory and into the city streets and halls of power.

1966

The Gamble House is deeded to the City of Pasadena in a joint agreement with the USC School of Architecture.

1965

The USC School of Dentistry founds its mobile dental clinic, now the oldest and most extensive self-contained facility of its kind.

1961

On May 17, President Topping announces the “Master Plan for Enterprise and Excellence in Education.”

1960

Then U.S. senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Vice President Richard Milhous Nixon speak at USC.

1959

The USC Associates, the university’s premier academic support group, is founded.

1958

Dr. Norman Topping becomes USC’s seventh president.

1957

USC’s tradition of on-campus pre-game picnics begins.

1954

For the first time, a white steed makes an appearance at a Trojan football game, with rider Art Gontier. USC’s first Songfest is held at the Greek Theater.

1953

University Avenue (today’s Trousdale Parkway) is closed to vehicular traffic, marking a major step in creating a self-contained, pedestrian-friendly campus.

1952

USC’s Health Sciences campus opens.

1950

USC English professor and distance-learning pioneer Frank Baxter is named by Life magazine as one of America’s eight finest college professors.

1948

Troy Camp is founded.

1947

Fred D. Fagg Jr. becomes USC’s sixth president.

1946a

KUSC goes on the air.