California College in Court Over Admission of Female Students
Deep Springs College is a small, prestigious school that is situated on a 120-square mile ranch near Death Valley, California. Students at the school spend their time earning a liberal arts education and also learning important life lessons, such as how to milk a cow or bale hay. The school was founded 95 years ago as a males-only school, and that tradition has remained unchanged…until now. In 2013, the school plans on allowing women to attend.
However, this decision is being challenged by two school trustees who want the school to remain true to its founding mission, educating “promising young men.” Kinch Hoekstra and Edward Keonjian, the college trustees who filed paperwork at the Inyo County Superior Court, are asking the judge to not allow the school to become an institute of co-education. The school was originally founded by Lucien Lucius Nunn who wanted to create a place where men could escape the distractions of women and alcohol, and instead solely focus on their studies. Hoekstra and Keonjian say that by allowing women to attend the school, the school would be faltering on its original mission.
“If the trustees wish to have a coeducational college similar to Deep Springs, they are free to donate or raise the funds to create one according to their own vision,” the two men said in their court filing.
Luckily for any women who want to attend the tiny school – current enrollment is only at 28 students – the school’s president, David Neidorf, disagrees with Hoekstra and Keonjian. Neidorf is in favor of admitting women to Deep Springs College and hopes that the school will be able to accept applications for admission for next fall. However, he acknowledges that the school’s ability to pursue these plans “depends on the speed with which this is decided in the courts.”
Via LA Times
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