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Richland College is a public community college in Dallas, Texas. The school was founded in 1972 and is part of the Dallas County Community College District. It is the largest school in the DCCCD, featuring about 20,000 students. Located on the old Jackson farm, the campus comprises 155 acres (63 hectares) and has preserved the rural beauty with Thunderduck Lake [3] flowing through the campus.

Richland College
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View of Richland College Garland Campus
MottoTeaching, Learning, Community Building
TypePublic community college
Parent institution
Dallas County Community College District
ChancellorDr. Joe May
PresidentDr. Kay Eggleston [1]
Location, ,
United States

32°55′17″N 96°44′06″W / 32.921486°N 96.73512°W / 32.921486; -96.73512Coordinates: 32°55′17″N 96°44′06″W / 32.921486°N 96.73512°W / 32.921486; -96.73512
CampusUrban, 155 acres (0.63 km2)
ColorsPurple and Green
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View of Thunderduck Lake [3] from outside Richland College student lounge


Awards and recognitionEdit

In 2005, Richland became the first community college to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.[4]

Richland has been designated as the first two-year institution in Texas as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE2Y) for academic years 2011-2016. CAE2Ys receive formal recognition from the U.S. government, as well as opportunities for prestige and publicity for their role in securing our nation’s information systems.[5]

In 2013, Richland College developed a skill standard for Digital Forensic Technician. Its Digital Forensics program was recognized by the Texas Skills Standard Board (TSSB) as the first and only institution in Texas to meet this statewide standard.[6]


Richland College fields teams in basketball, baseball, wrestling, soccer, and volleyball that compete in the Dallas-area Metro Athletic Conference. They also compete for national championships within the National Junior College Athletic Association, Division III. Many athletes have gone on to play for four-year university programs and professional teams.

The men's basketball team won the NJCAA Division III championship in 1999, 2009, and 2015.[7]

The baseball team won the NJCAA Division III World Series championship in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2009.[8]

The men's soccer team won the NJCAA Division III championship in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007.[9]

The women's soccer team won the NJCAA Division III championship in 2004, 2006, and 2009.[10]

The wrestling team has won seven Texas state championships, competing against four-year universities. After dropping the program in 1987, Richland resurrected the sport in 2017, and coach Bill Neal was named Southwest Conference Coach of the Year.[11][12][13]

Building namesEdit

Some buildings at Richland College are named for heroes of the Texas Revolution, with the first letter of the name corresponding to the use of the building. For example, Bonham Hall, where the Business department is located, is named for James Butler Bonham, who died at the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Crockett Hall, named for Alamo hero David Crockett, is the Campus Center. Fannin Hall, where Fine Art classes are held, is named for Col. James W. Fannin, who led the ill-fated Texas rebels at Goliad.

Other building names are Spanish words or names. Vaca ("cow") houses the Library. Alamito ("little cottonwood") is the original Administration Building. El Paso ("the Pass") Hall is the interior lower level of a bridge that connects the east and west sides of the campus, which are separated by a shallow but picturesque creek originally known as Jackson Branch. Del Rio ("of the river") is where the school's Data center or computer lab is located.

Sabine Hall, named for the river that separates Texas and Louisiana, is the Science Building. Neches and Pecos Halls are also named for rivers. The previous Science building is now called Wichita, which is the name of a Texas Indian tribe. Thunderduck Hall, named after the school athletic team cartoon mascot, is the new Administration Building.

Notable alumniEdit


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  2. ^ "About Richland | Richland College". Archived from the original on 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-08-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Maps and Locations". Richland College. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  4. ^ "NIST" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-12-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Richland College". Archived from the original on 2011-08-21. Retrieved 2011-09-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Texas Skills Standard Board" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-18. Retrieved 2014-01-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ "NJCAA Records" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  8. ^ "Baseball Reference". Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  9. ^ "NJCAA Records" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  10. ^ "NJCAA Records" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  11. ^ "Richland Wrestling". Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  12. ^ a b Kevin James Shay, "Richland who? Local community colleges bask in anonymity." The Addison-North Dallas Register, Dec. 8, 1988.
  13. ^ "Bill Neal named Coach of the Year by NCWA". Retrieved 2017-05-19.

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