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Stanford Arts and Athletics information booth at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts weekend of August 2023

Stanford and Communities

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Stanford Facts

Founded by Leland and Jane Stanford as a memorial to their only son, Stanford is affectionately known as “The Farm.”

Supporting the Community

Since the university opened in 1891, Stanford has engaged with communities near its campus and beyond, and our commitment to improving where we live, work, learn, and play remains undiminished. When the region thrives, Stanford thrives. 

The university draws its inspiration from Stanford’s Founding Grant and the people and programs that comprise the university’s network of community engagement efforts. The scale and urgency of mutual issues have further underscored our shared future. In listening to our neighbors and working across the region and beyond, our goal is to sustain communities for future generations.

Here are a few highlights of Stanford’s relationship with the broader community

Campus Names

These annotative signs were installed on campus as part of a university initiative to tell the history of Stanford more fully.