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About Berkeley

Berkeley Begins

Berkeley, California was named for Bishop George Berkeley and inspired by poetry – specifically his allusions to ancient Greece, the original “model” for the University of California as envisioned by its founders.

In 1866, the trustees of the College of California gathered on a hillside overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Before them was a rough-and-tumble town called Ocean View, 200,000 acres of bay laurel and live oak trees, and the coastal headlands that would soon become the University of California.