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San Diego Christian College

San Diego Christian College
San Diego Christian College school seal
Established 1970
Type Private
Religious affiliation Non-denominational
President Paul Ague
Students 597[1]
Location Santee, California, United States
Campus Suburban
Former names Christian Heritage College (1970-2005)
Colors Navy and Sand
Athletics National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) [Golden State Athletic Conference]
Sports Cross-Country, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, Track, Softball, Tennis
Nickname Hawks
Mascot Moe Hawk
Affiliations Council for Christion Colleges and University (CCCU) Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU)

San Diego Christian College (SDCC) (Formerly Christian Heritage College) is a private, evangelical Christian college located in Santee, California, United States, in suburban San Diego.


In January 1970, Tim F. LaHaye, pastor of the former Scott Memorial Baptist Church of San Diego and co-author of the fictional Left Behind series of books, Art Peters and Henry M. Morris, discussed the need for a Christian college on the West Coast where studies could be developed within the framework of creationism based on the Genesis creation narrative. That year, classes began at Christian Heritage College, supported by Scott Memorial Baptist Church.[2]

The "Creation-Science Research Center" was founded with Christian Heritage College as a division of the college, and spawned the [3] It finally separated and became autonomous in 1981.[2] In 1982, Christian Heritage was accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Schools, a "product of the Institute for Creation Research Graduate School" created "because of the prejudice against creation-science, outspoken creationist schools such as ICRGS used to stand little or no chance of getting recognition through accreditation."[4]

In 1984, it was first accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In 2005, the college changed its name to San Diego Christian College.


The college offers Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees.

San Diego Christian College has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1984.[1] On June 23, 2006, WASC reviewed San Diego Christian College and placed its accreditation on probation.[5] This was because the college was unable to demonstrate its "autonomy."[6] The commission on February 2, 2007 found the college had taken a "number of significant and positive steps" in addressing its concerns, but still found it to be in "noncompliance," so another visit was scheduled for the Spring of 2008.[7] In June 2008, San Diego Christian College received a reaffirmation of accreditation.[1]


San Diego Christian (SDCC) teams, nicknamed athletically as the Hawks, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). The Hawks also compete as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, tennis, and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and softball.

The Hawks won the NCCAA men's basketball championship in 1990, 1997, 1998 and 2004. They were second in 2000, losing to Bethel by a score of 83-82. They finished third in 1996 and 2003. They also went to the 2001 NAIA final four in Men's Basketball. [8]

The Lady Hawks won the NCCAA women's basketball championship in 2003.[9]

SDCC people

Current students and alumni
Name Known for Relationship to school
Matt Krause Member of the Texas House of Representatives since 2013; lawyer from Fort Worth, Texas Hawks basketball player, 1998-2002[10]
Carrie Prejean Miss California USA 2009 (later stripped of title) As of spring 2009, a junior[11]
Jeremiah Trueman New Zealand basketball player
Faculty and employees
Name Known for Relationship to school
Duane Gish Speaker on creationism Researcher when the Institute for Creation Research was part of the college in the 1970s.
Swen Nater Former NBA basketball player Coached SDCC's basketball team from 1985-1995[12]


  1. ^ a b c "San Diego Christian College Profile".  
  2. ^ a b History of SDCC
  3. ^ "The 'Evolution' of Creationism: The Creationism 'Science' Period". People for the American Way. Retrieved 2007-11-26. 
  4. ^ Sandra Blakeslee (2007). "The ICR Graduates".  
  5. ^ Fulbright, Leslie (July 31, 2007). "Progressive New College in academic, fiscal mess".  
  6. ^ , October 1, 2007.The Point WeeklyLauren Morgan, "Accreditation team visits PLNU this week,"
  7. ^ "Public Statement".  
  8. ^ "Men's Basketball D1 History".  
  9. ^ "Women's Basketball D1 History".  
  10. ^ "State Rep. Matt Krause District 93 (R-Fort Worth)".  
  11. ^ "Miss California Carrie Prejean Gets Heroine's Welcome In San Diego".  
  12. ^ Broussard, Chris (January 11, 2004). "THEN AND NOW -- Swen Nater; Big Man Loved the Game, Then Learned to Play It".  

External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website
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