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NPS Centennial Timeline


In 2009, the Naval Postgraduate School celebrated its 100th anniversary. Initially established as the school of marine engineering as the US Naval Academy in 1909 by then Secretary of the Navy George von L. Meyer, this small start consisting of 10 officer students and two Navy instructors would grow in size and impact to become today's Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California with more 50,000 alumni and counting.

To mark the occasion, a 48-panel display of key milestones, research breakthroughs and graduate accomplishments stretching the entire 1/8-mile length of Root Hall was commissioned and is known on campus as the Centennial Timeline walk. In December 2021, two additional panels were added to honor the previous decade of highlights and achievements, and to commemorate NPS’ 70th Anniversary in Monterey. Today, in the 21st Century, NPS continues to be our nation’s premier source for defense-focused graduate education and innovative research solutions ensuring our decisive advantage at sea.

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See pictures from the timeline installation and commissioning day 2009.