Signage on the northeast campus of Richland College pays tribute to those who occupied the land before, specifically the “Stone Age Indian cultures Caddo and Wichita Indians, Spaniards and members of the 1830s Peters Colony settlement.” An old water pump near the sign “honors the well head of the Jackson family farmstead whose house stood on this very site from the 1850s prior to the Walton and O’Connor families deeding the land to the Dallas County Community College District in 1966. According to a Dallas Morning News story, Richland enrolled its first two students on April 29, 1972. They were Dave McPeek of East Dallas (Bryan Adams High) and Garland’s Kathy Carnathan.

Return to ‘Historic happenings’

Richland Community College enrolled its first two students, Dave McPeek and Kathy Carnathan, in April 1972.

Richland Community College enrolled its first two students, Dave McPeek and Kathy Carnathan, in April 1972.