Point Loma Nazarene University is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. In the past 120 years, many things have changed, but the most important things have not.

There is a Bible on campus, encased in protective glass, that belonged to university founder Phineas Bresee. It’s opened to Isaiah 62, the chapter Bresee claimed for the school. Permanently marked with his fingerprints, it displays a double message: God’s words in Isaiah 62 and Bresee’s love for those words. It’s a message of being grounded in Scripture, of pursuing a well-rounded education and serving the poor out of a primary and intense love for God and His Word. Bresee died in 1915, but his message still resonates. In fact, it still defines PLNU and what we stand for.

The Bresee Bible at PLNU exhibiting Isaiah 62
As we celebrate our history, here is a fun look at some things that are different from then to now.
Name Pacific Bible CollegePoint Loma Nazarene University
Number of students414,445
University PresidentDr. Phineas BreseeDr. Bob Brower
U.S. PresidentTheodore RooseveltJoe Biden
Average monthly grocery spending$68$611
Average monthly rent$28$2,610 San Diego | *$1,997 National
Gasoline18 cents/gallon$4.84 California | $3.62 National
Average teacher salary$40/month$5,648/month
Average engineer salary$1,050/year$92,311/year
Most popular girl baby namesMary, Helen, Anna, Margaret, Ruth**Olivia, Emma, Amelia, Ava, Sophia
Most popular boy baby namesJohn, William, James, George, Charles**Noah, Liam, Oliver, Elijah, Mateo
*For a two-bedroom apartment
**According to babycenter.com as of Mar 1, 2022
1902 Major Events
  • The first Rose Bowl game was held in Pasadena.
  • The Electric Theatre, the first movie theater in the United States, opened in Los Angeles, California.
  • Cuba gained independence from the US.
  • August 22 – Theodore Roosevelt became the first American President to ride in an automobile, a Columbia Electric Victoria, through Hartford, Connecticut.
  • Goodwill, Target, Texaco, J.C. Penney, and AAA were founded.
  • John Steinbeck, Charles Lindbergh, and Ray Kroc were born.

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