Humboldt magazine continues its look into the history of Humboldt State with this latest installment of our historical timeline. From 1963 to 1987 enrollment growth and an expanding campus marked this period of HSU history.

  • 1963

    Humboldt State celebrates 50th anniversary. Adopts Greek motto: "Phos Aletheia" (Truth and Light)

  • Ronald Reagan visits campus

    1964

    Ronald Reagan visits campus during his campaign for governor.

  • Marine Lab

    1966

    Marine laboratory opens in Trinidad. Lab is renamed the Telonicher Marine Lab in 1979.

  • Students on strike

    1967

    Students protest U.S. incursion into Cambodia.

  • Film Festival

    1968

    Inaugural Humboldt Film Festival is held. Currently, it's the longest-running student-led festival of its kind.

  • Marching Lumberjacks

    1968

    Marching Lumberjacks return as campus scatter band after a 10-year absence.

  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

    1970

    President Cornelius Siemens and his wife Olga present the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi with a carved redwood bowl. The maharishi visited Humboldt State for a month-long teacher training course attended by 1,400 followers.

  • Pod Chair

    1971

    The College Union known today as University Center, featured pod chairs, which were great places to grab a nap.

  • 1972

    Humboldt State College renamed California State University, Humboldt. This doesn't last long. By 1974 the school is known as Humboldt State University.

  • Forestry Building fire

    1979

    Arsonists set fire to Forestry Building, which reopens in 1980.

  • Aviary

    1986

    Aviary completed for Wildlife Department.

  • Football Players

    1987

    Wells Fargo donates its former building, which then becomes home to HSU's Natural History Museum.