Aerial view of San Jose State in 1892.

The Story of Spartans

Throughout our history, from a small institution focused on preparing teachers for the frontier to a dynamic comprehensive university in the heart of the global innovation economy, we have changed and evolved along with the needs of our students, our region and the world in which we live.

SJSU students at Washburn Hall in the 1970s.
SJSU students in Washburn Hall in the 1970s.


Take a trip through the university's more than 160 years of history.

San Jose State University Presidential Portraits.
SJSU Presidential Portraits, 4th floor of King Library.

University Presidents

The biographies of San José State's presidents since our founding in 1857.