The first 49er football team took the field in September and did very well for their first season.
Making another first in LBSC's athletic history is the addition of a cross country team with only eight student-athletes.
The Men's water polo team made its first debut at State.
The Soroptimist House was complete and dedicated at a formal tea. Student leaders, community leaders, members of the college faculty, and administration were invited. This building was going to serve for campus organizations, special interest groups, religious, social, and service clubs to use and host functions.
Came to State for the '56 - '57 season and took runner-up honors in the UCLA invitational.
The first State gym squad made a high respectable mark for their first season, winning 2 of 5 dual meets and taking one first and two seconds in a trio of triangular contests.
They put together records to be proud of at the end of their initial season.
The "big shift" of student life to upper campus came about with the opening of the Cafeteria.
The 34 out of the 114 first freshman class that had enrolled four years before graduated from LBSC.
The State Board of Education approved the request for LBSC to start an engineering program. It began with only offering courses for freshman and sophomore as part of the Natural Sciences Division.