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1916 history
In the fall of 1916, Riverside Junior College opened and was an extension of Poly High School with college students using Poly High classrooms. A total of 118 students were enrolled. From 1916 - 1919, Hugh Law (pictured left) served as the first principal and from 1919 - 1920, Donald McAlpine (pictured right) served. Below is the first Board of Education taken in 1918.
1920s students
The 1920s at Riverside Junior College. Pictured: women's basketball team (left); men's baseball team (middle); and student officers (right) in 1921.
1930s students and administration
The 1930s at Riverside Junior College. From 1920-50, Arthur G . Paul (pictured top left) served as principal, director and was ultimately granted the title as president, making him the first president of Riverside Junior College. From 1928 - 1951, Ira Landis (pictured top right) served as superintendent of Riverside City Schools.
justice john gabbert
Justice John Gabbert, RJC class of 1929, (pictured left), ​served as president of the Associated Student Body to become a superior court judge in the County of Riverside. Below is a a picture of Gabbert (third from left) serving on the Board of Education in 1948.
1950s administration
From 1921 - 1958, Earl McDermont (pictured on left) served as a teacher of history, registrar and vice president. From 1950 - 1963, Orland W. Noble (pictured on right) served as the second president of Riverside City College.
1960s board of trustees
The first Board of Trustees meeting was held on July 1, 1964. Top (l to r) Wilfred Airey, Ralph Bradshaw (President/Superintendent 1963 - 1972), Albert Brown; Bottom (l to r) Joseph Aguilar (Clerk of the Board), Carolyn Diffenbaugh (President), Alan Pauw (Vice President).
foster davidoff
On April 22, 1974, the Board of Trustees announced that it had selected Foster Davidoff as the new President/Superintendent. He served from 1974 - 1978.
rcc in the 80s
On March 13, 1986, Riverside City College celebrated its 70th birthday. From 1978 - 1992, Dr. Charles A. Kane served as its Superintendent/President.
mvc groundbreaking
Groundbreaking celebration for what is now known as Moreno Valley College. ​The college opened March 13, 1991.
mvc openning
​On March 13, 1991, Moreno Valley College opened its doors to students and became a fully accredited college in 2010, making it the 111th California Community College. ​There were 3,490 students enrolled that first year.
aquatics opening
The new Riverside Aquatics Complex at Riverside City College opened on Saturday, January 21, 2011, attracting approximately 1,500 visitors. The event was filled with swimming and diving exhibitions and autograph sessions with U.S. Olympians and other world-class athletes. (Pictured on right: RCCD Chancellor Gregory Gray and Gold-medal Olympic diver Greg Louganis).
ribbon cutting
​As a crowd of over 300 community members, student and college employees looked on, Riverside City College officially opened its new, state-of-the-art School of Nursing and Math and Science Complex.
dr davis dedicaton
On March 5, 2013, Norco College celebrated the dedication of​ the building named after Drs. Brenda and William Davis. Dr. Brenda Davis was the first president of Norco College.
On March 13, 2016, Riverside City College celebrated their 100th birthday, and both Moreno Valley and Norco Colleges celebrated their 25th.

District Overview

The Riverside Community College District through its three colleges—Moreno Valley College, Norco College, and Riverside City College supported by the District Office—serves and enriches its diverse communities by offering certificates, degrees, and transfer programs that help students achieve their educational and career goals. The district strives to impact the social and economic mobility of its students by ensuring access, success, and equity for everyone who wishes to take advantage of the educational opportunities offered by the colleges.​​​​​


  • RCCD covers 450 square miles in the western Riverside County
  • RCCD serves six K-12 unified school districts.
  • RCCD operates three regionally accredited colleges: 
  • Each college is certified as an Hispanic Serving Institution.
  • Each college has a Veterans Resource Center to serve Veterans and their dependents​.



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The Riverside Community College District and its colleges have signed and returned to the U.S​​. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance th​at the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. More information about the grants to students can be accessed on our COVID-19 Funding Resources page​.