Old school celebration: Taft College turns 90

TAFT, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Taft College is celebrating 90 years in the books.

Thursday marked the school's birthday. The first class, in 1922, started with seven students.

Now, school officials say there are 3,200 fully enrolled students.

"It's hard to believe Taft College has been around since 1922," said Sherri Horn-Buck, executive director of the Taft College Foundation.

The celebration was brought to you by the number 90: The school served 90 cent hot dogs, 90 cent sodas, even had a 90-inch birthday cake.

Kern County Supervisor Ray Watson praised the school's energy technology, dental hygiene and early childhood education programs.

But, he singled out the transition to independent-living program.

"It's unique in Kern County, probably in California, and if there's many in the country, I'd be surprised," he said.

With 90 years of learning, Taft College can now call itself "old school."