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Humphreys College is a Private Liberal Arts college of higher education with set campuses in Modesto and Stockton. It has been in continuous service to the central San Joaquin Valley since 1896, giving it the distinction of being the first institution of higher education in the area. It awards certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's and juris doctor degrees. The College is accredited[1] by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges[1], Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities[2].



Although records show the existence of the school in Stockton going as far back as 1875, Humphreys College dates its founding to 1896 when John R. Humphreys, Sr. took over the administration of the Stockton Business College, Normal School, and Telegraphic Institute. When Humphreys died in 1937, his son, John R. Humphreys, Jr. took over the operation of the school.

The name of the school changed several times, at one point known as the "Gas City Business College" before being taken over in 1901 by the "Western School of Commerce" which merged with "Heald's Business College" in 1920 to become the "Stockton College of Commerce"[2]; however, in 1947, the school incorporated as a non-profit institution of higher learning with the state of California, and took the name that it is known by today.[3] In 1950, the school incorporated a four-year, part-time law school, now known as the Laurence Drivon School of Law; a second law school was founded in Fresno as well, but is no longer in existence.

Humphrey's main campus in Stockton, CA is located in the North Stockton neighborhood of Sherwood adjacent to Stockton's Lincoln Center shopping area, moving from a downtown location after construction of the facility completed in 1967. In 1987 a new campus was established in Modesto, CA in conjunction with and on the Modesto Junior College[3] campus, later becoming a separate campus at its current location.

A Sacramento campus was opened in 1990, assuming the operation (but not the business) of two closing court reporting colleges, Unilex College[4][5] and Careercom College of Business[6]; however, under economic pressure[7] and dwindling enrollment this campus closed in 2001.

A partnership with the Stockton Unified School District in 2005 produced the Institute of Business Management and Law[4], a charter high school located in the west campus building complex.

In January 2009, after receiving a substantive change approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the college began offering a new graduate program, the Master of Arts in Education with emphases in Early Childhood Education and Educational Administration.



  • John R. Humphreys, Sr. 1896–1937
  • John R. Humphreys, Jr. 1937–1980
  • Robert G. Humphreys 1980–present


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