Five things to know about the University of San Diego
1This school opened its doors in 1952 as the San Diego College for Women. It is now a private Roman Catholic university with an enrollment of 5,741. The campus sits near Alcala Park, which overlooks Mission Bay and much of San Diego.2...
This school opened its doors in 1952 as the San Diego College for Women. It is now a private Roman Catholic university with an enrollment of 5,741. The campus sits near Alcala Park, which overlooks Mission Bay and much of San Diego.
The University of San Diego has received some significant contributions from some well-known names. Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, endowed the school with $25 million for what is now the Joan Kroc School of Peace Studies. Jenny Craig, the weight-loss tycoon, also contributed enough to have the school's athletic arena-Jenny Craig Pavilion-named after her.
Famous alumni include: Greg Sherman, general manager of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League; Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs; Kris Bryant, baseball's most valuable player from the Chicago Cubs; and actor Jim Parsons, who portrays Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory."
The Toreros, which means bullfighter, competed at the NCAA Division III level from 1973 to 1992 until it moved to the Division I level in 1993. The 1992 men's soccer team reached the national championship game. The school's lone national championship came from women's tennis player Zuzana Lesenarova.
Football began at San Diego in 1956, playing as an independent and even as a club team for four seasons until 1972. In 20 seasons at the NCAA Division III level, San Diego has 10 winning seasons. Since playing at the Division I level for the last 23 seasons, San Diego has had 15 winning records-including two 11-1 seasons in 2005 and 2006 when the Toreros were coached by Jim Harbaugh, now the head coach at the University of Michigan.