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University of South Florida's First Student

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University of South Florida

It was September 26, 1960, when 1,997 freshmen showed up for the very first classes at the University of South Florida.

Among them was Barbara Campbell -- student ID number 00001 -- USF's very first student!

Campbell earned a degree in education in 1963 and spent the next 30 years teaching in Hillsborough County schools.  She retired in 2005.

- Meet Barbara Campbell (Barbara Holly Johnson)
- The Early Years of the USF College of Education
- What else happened on September 26, 1960? (Hint: Make sure your makeup doesn't run!)

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