Rochester Community and Technical College

Historical Timeline


  • Commencement program for the class of 1926.

  • The Medical Secretary Terminal course was established in 1927.

  • In 1927, a new chemistry lab is constructed.

  • College faculty include well-known names such as Goddard and Endicott.

  • Rochester Junior college is a founding member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) with the formation of the Omnicron chapter in 1927. The College's chapter is among the oldest in the nation. Louise Barthelemy, French and English instructor, served as the advisor for 30 years.

  • The first yearbook, "The Pandect," was published for the 1927-1928 academic year.

  • The women's basketball team from 1927-1928.

  • From early on, the College took pride in its athletics program.

  • Jim Clarke led the 1930 football team to the second Southern Minnesota championship. The team also won in 1927 due to a game reversal; 1930 was the first outright championship.

  • The Girl's Choral Club, Rajesters Dramatic Club and Music Club are formed in 1927.

  • The Music Club in 1933.

  • The Rajesters in 1933.

  • Alice Endicott was hired in 1928 to teach science.

  • Dorothy Ranney, the Golden R winner in 1932.

  • Marie Matt was hired in 1931 to teach German and English.

  • Roy Goddard became the College's fourth director in 1925.

  • The men's basketball team captured the first Southern Minnesota Championship in the 1924-1925 season. Charles Singley was the coach.

  • The student newspaper, The RJC Bulletin, was established in 1925. In 1932, the name is changed to the Jay See Echo.

  • Another student newspaper staff.

  • A freshman chemistry lab.

  • The Echo staff.

  • The Medical Secretary program.

  • The mixed chorus.

  • An 11-piece orchestra was formed in 1930 The first musical revue was in 1931.

  • The case of one of the College's first plays.

  • The Student Council.