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Our History


The California Schoolmasters' Club, established in 1893, is California's second oldest educators' association. Membership is open to all Northern California area educators.

Since the Schoolmasters' Club records were destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, only fragmentary sources of information are available about the early history of the Club. From 1893 to 1928, Elmer E. Brown of the University of California was one of the Club's leaders.

By 1910, new Schoolmasters' Clubs in Northern California began to merge with the original Club. Following World War I, all of the members of the Scholia Club were joined into the California Schoolmasters' Club. The present organization of directors was adopted in 1927. Since 1927, a president and executive officers have been elected annually. On August 16, 1993, the California Schoolmasters' Club became an incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a Board of Directors elected for three years.

Schoolmaster of the Year recipients from both public and private schools are chosen each year from each participating county.