Robert De Hart Learning Center
Flint Center, the main
"La Vita E Una Fontana" or "Life is a
Fountain" by Salvatore Pecoraro, 1991-12-01.
"Longevity Turtle" by Elwood Martin
Reynolds, donated by Dr. and Mrs. Alvin Rutner
Anza College is a 112-acre (453,000 m²) community college located in Cupertino,
California. It was founded in 1967 on
the site of the Beaulieu Winery and is named after the Spanish explorer
Juan Bautista de Anza.
the arrival and growth of Apple Computer, the presence of De Anza College contributed
significantly to the growth of Cupertino from a small town to an
industrial city and an integral part of Silicon Valley.
"Time Graffiti" by David Middlebrook,
1997. donated by Mrs. Rena Frabony DeHart in memory of De Anza
College Founding President A.
It consistently ranks #1 or #2 in the state
for the total number of students who annually transfer to University of California
campuses.  
The college is one of the largest,
single-campus community colleges in the country with a fall
enrollment averaging 25,000 students from over 50 different
countries. The college is also the home of the California History Center, housed
in a mansion called "Le Petit Trianon".
The current president of De Anza college
. The average class size at De Anza is 35, and
approximately 2,800 students transfer per year. It also attracts a
heavy international student population.
College is part of Silicon Valley's Foothill-De Anza Community
College District, which also administers Foothill
College in nearby Los Altos Hills, California.
The district serves the cities of
Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto,
Sunnyvale and San Jose. The district headquarters is on the
Each year, De Anza invites several celebrities and dignitaries for
public speaking engagements at its main theater, the Flint Center.
De Anza once held the second largest pow-wow in the Bay Area, but
the pow-wow organizers moved the event in 2005.
De Anza holds a monthly flea market its parking lot, which has
become a community tradition as well as major source of income for
the De Anza Associated Student Body. (DASB) With a budget of near 1
million dollars, the DASB has one of the biggest student budgets of
any community college in California.
De Anza formerly had their own campus police. They used to wear
slacks and polo shirts, and officers were unarmed. The department was not
a POST participating agency and in 2001, the campus police
departments at De Anza and Foothill College were merged to become the Foothill-De Anza College
- Mervyn Fernandez, former
- Ron Gonzales, former mayor of San
- Teri Hatcher, actress
- Joe Murray, Emmy-winning creator of Rocko's Modern Life and Camp Lazlo
- Steve Jobs,
co-founder, chairman, CEO of Apple Computer
- Steve Wozniak,
co-founder of Apple
- Jeff Sevy, former NFL lineman
- Jhonen Vasquez, cartoonist
- Len Wiseman, film director
Euphrat Museum of Art
The mission of the Euphrat Museum of Art
Anza College is to stimulate creativity and an interest in art
among audiences of all ages. The museum hosts changing art exhibits
and accompanying educational programs for local and distant
emerging and established artists. School programs are offered, primarily in
Cupertino and Sunnyvale, and each year the museum creates public art
projects with young area students, De Anza student interns and
The museum is open from Monday to Thursday.
A new facility is planned for the museum, to be located in the new
Performing Arts Center that will be built at De Anza College.
Outdoor Artwork on Campus
- "La Vita E Una Fontana" or "Life is a Fountain" by Salvatore
Pecoraro Dec 1, 1991
- "Longevity Turtle" by Elwood Martin Reynolds, donated by Dr.
and Mrs. Alvin Rutner
- "Time Graffiti" by David Middlebrook, 1997. donated by Mrs.
Rena Frabony DeHart in memory of De Anza College Founding President
A. Robert DeHart.
De Anza Associated Student Body
Like many public and private colleges, De Anza College in Cupertino
also has its own student government, the De Anza Associated Student
Body (DASB) Senate. Unlike many other colleges, however, the DASB
handles an annual budget of about $1 million. Some schools, in
comparison, handle annual budgets of less than $500 thousand. The
budget is generally allocated to many programs on campus to help
the students succeed in their academics, as well as inviting guest
speakers from various universities to advise students on strategies
they can use to get an edge in their transfer application.
The DASB Senate meeting meets every Wednesdays at 3:30pm except for
the first Wednesday of the month which is at 4:30pm. It is located
on the lower level of the Hinson Campus Center in Student Council
Chambers. However, there are no Senate meetings on the first week
of regular quarter the week before finals, which is called dead
The DASB Senate has seven different internal committees plus
several ad-hoc committees.
Internal Committees:Budget & Finance, Student Rights &
Campus Relations, Administration, Marketing & Communications,
Diversity & Events, Student Services and Environment &
Every spring quarter they hold elections where candidates can run
for executive & senate positions for the upcoming year. This
election takes place during the month of May where students at De
Anza can apply for a position in DASB. During this time the
candidates are challenged to compete with other candidates while
trying to get the most votes to get elected for office. This
includes marketing yourself with slogans, posters, flyers,
classroom presentation, and etc. In other words, this is to
demonstrate each candidates their abilities to prove that they can
handle the responsibilities of not just only as a DASB Senate
member, but to the entire De Anza students population.
2001-01-29, San José
police arrested De Anza College student Al DeGuzman who planned
a Columbine style school shooting at the school.
home, police found bags filled with homemade explosives including
and pipe bombs
. They also discovered numerous guns,
including a semi-automatic rifle and a cut-down 12-gauge
pump-action shotgun. There were also plans for a noon attack at De
Kelly Bennett, an employee at a Longs
store in San Jose, developed pictures of DeGuzman posing
with his guns and homemade bombs. She and a coworker called police,
who arrived at the drugstore and waited for DeGuzman. He was
arrested when he returned for his photos.
De Anza evacuated over 10,000 students the next day in fear that
DeGuzman may have planted bombs at the college, though no bombs
were ever found. In the following weeks, Kelly Bennett was praised
and credited with averting a tragedy. She appeared on local news,
Good Morning America
and The Today
Some critics believe that DeGuzman had no intention of following
through with the plan and that he intentionally photographed
himself with his arsenal as a cry for help because of years of
depression. He was sentenced to serve time in prison, but shortly
after took his own life by hanging himself in his cell. 
2007 De Anza rape
was a police inquiry into allegations of sexual assault
of a 17-year-old student
arising from an off-campus party on 2007-03-04 by eight members of
the 2007 De Anza College baseball team. On June 4, 2007, Santa
Clara County District Attorney Dolores Carr stated that no charges
would be filed. This decision was questioned by many, and the
Office of the Attorney General was invited by the prosecutor to
perform an independent investigation of the available evidence. May
2, 2008, the Attorney General's office determined that there was
insufficient evidence to charge anyone present with a crime.