7 things to know about Sinclair Community College

How much do you know about the history of Sinclair Community College in Dayton?

We’re willing to bet some of these facts will surprise you.

1.) Scottish immigrant and secretary of the Dayton YMCA, David Sinclair, founded an adult training school that offered Bookkeeping and Mechanical Drawing in 1887.

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Credit: Archive collection of Sinclair

Credit: Archive collection of Sinclair

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2.) Course offerings increased, including a YMCA Law School. Locations changed as the school grew at 117 W. Monument Avenue in Dayton, and changed its name to Sinclair College of the YMCA in 1948.

3.) The YMCA Law School transferred to the University of Dayton.

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Credit: Archive collection of Sinclair

Credit: Archive collection of Sinclair

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4.) A site for the newly-formed Sinclair Community College was selected and a one-mill, ten-year levy was approved in 1966 for construction of a new campus.

5.) In 1972, the new 20-acre campus was opened at 444 West Third Street. The campus had seven buildings and began classes in the fall quarter.

6.) The current Sinclair Dayton campus includes 20 numbered buildings and one large parking structure that covers about 12 city blocks on the western edge of downtown Dayton.

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7.) Currently, Sinclair has an enrollment of more than 30,000 students studying at locations in Dayton, Eaton, Englewood, Huber Heights, Mason, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and online.

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