USD’s Mission Unwavered Through Decades of Change

The Daily Transcript -- On a mountain ridge overlooking Linda Vista sits a plot of land that stood undeveloped until 1949. Once blanketed in a sea of sage and chaparral, the mesa now known as Alcala Park is today home to the University of San Diego.

The university’s history — from its birth as separate institutions for men and women to its eventual recognition nationwide — is no less rich than the picturesque landscape that drew Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill and the Reverend Bishop Charles Francis Buddy to see the mesa historically known as the Pueblo Lands as the right fit for their vision.

While bulldozers never touched the site until December 1949, that vision — originated in Buddy’s dreams and brought to fruition with the help of Hill and many others tied to the congregations of the Society of the Sacred Heart — dates back several years prior, to Buddy’s 1937 arrival in San Diego. (Full Story