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Who the new automotive building at Glendale Community College is named after


The lettering just went up on the new Dr. Phillip D. Randolph Automotive Technology Building at Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona. Since I go past that building, which is just east of the Matt O. Hanhila Stadium, on almost a daily basis, and have been watching it being built, I have been curious about it. So when the name went up, I had to find out who is was named after. If you like Phoenix, and Glendale, history, it’s pretty interesting.


Dr. Phillip D. Randolph was a former President of GCC, who retired in 2004. He was a teacher at Maryvale High School from 1968 to 1972. But here’s the part that’s interesting to me: His father, Martin L. Randolph, built the Randolph Ranch, which was on the southeast corner of Olive and 59th Avenue, in 1915. And if the name sounds familiar, and if you have driven past GCC in the past decade, it’s the name of the subdivision there.

So there’s 100 years of Glendale history there in that name. I like learning about connections like this.

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