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Centennial Oral History Project: Kenneth Clark



Kenneth “Ken” Clark was born in El Cajon, California in 1940, the youngest of six siblings. He attended local primary and secondary schools. Ken enrolled at Texas Christian College for two years and completed his Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University in 1962. Ken volunteered for the U.S. Air Force, attended officer candidate school, and was eventually stationed in Germany for almost four years.

After he completed his military service, Ken returned to school and obtained a graduate degree from San Diego State University. He started teaching at City College in 1970, retired in 2003, but continued to teach as a professor emeritus (two to three courses per year). Ken discusses his childhood in El Cajon, his service during the Vietnam War and changing public opinion of the war, his brush with President John F. Kennedy, his family life, and his teaching career. Ken taught his final class in Political Science at City College in the Spring of 2013.

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