Shaping the World Since 1929
Flight for Civic Progress

USC School of Citizenship and Public Administration “Flight for Civic Progress” Inaugural Air Tour, ca. 1929

Passengers included eight city and county officials. From left to right:

  • Justin Miller, Dean of the USC School of Law
  • Unknown
  • Reid McClung, Dean of the USC School of Commerce
  • R.B. von KleinSmid, President of the University of Southern California
  • Arlin Stockberger, City Manager, Alhambra, CA
  • Jack Albers, City Engineer, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Unkown
  • Pierson Hall, City Councilman, Los Angeles, CA
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Mrs. Raymond Bradford, Financial Secretary, USC Juvenile Delinquency Program
  • Henry Wright, Supervisor, Los Angeles County, CA
  • J.S. Charleville, City Manager, Glendale, CA
  • Emery Olson, Founding Dean, USC School of Citizenship and Public Administration

The “Flight for Civic Progress” Air Tour inaugurated the new USC School of Citizenship and Public Administration, founded in 1929. From the air, passengers viewed San Diego, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties in California. Founding Dean Emery Olson considered the flight symbolic of progress toward professional training in the fields of public administration and urban planning. The USC School was the second of its kind in America and began with strong connections to the community — connections that continue to this day.

The 1929 curriculum included classes in urban and regional planning. Over time, urban planning became a school of its own. In the late 1980s, the USC School of Public Administration formed programs in health administration and in public policy; and the USC School of Urban Planning developed one of the nation’s first master’s degrees in real estate development.

Then, in a major milestone, these various strands came together, forming a single school in 1998: the multidisciplinary USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development. In November 2011, the school received a transformational endowment and naming gift from the Price Family Charitable Fund. The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy honors the life and legacy of the late Sol Price, a visionary entrepreneur who pioneered new practices in retail, real estate, and philanthropy.