Open House History

Open House attendees at the Poly Royal Rodeo

A Legacy Showcasing Cal Poly

Open House has its origins as "Farmers' Picnic" which was the first open house event on campus. On May 24, 1904 about 200 visitors came to tour new buildings, watch Ag shows, and eat BBQ. In 1913, Farmers' Picnic attracted 3,000 people and in 1933 the administration made plans to create "A Country Fair on a College Campus." They named it Poly Royal. 

On March 31, 1933 Cal Poly had its first ever Poly Royal event. There was a parade, livestock judging, agriculture shows, horticulture exhibits and, of course, the enjoyment of a BBQ in Poly Grove. The day ended with a Poly Royal Dance in Crandall Gym. Poly Royal grew to be one of the main events on the campus social calendar and truly embodied the learn-by-doing philosophy that Cal Poly represents.

 

Cal Poly Open House - Poly Royal road sign
At the 2nd Annual Poly Royal event parents, alumni, prospective students, and community visitors were welcomed to join in the celebration. In 1944, Poly Royal was downsized to a one-day event. Poly Royal also had annual themes and a guest of honor each year. Soon, the selection of the Poly Royal Queen became a much-anticipated event. Large crowds formed to watch the parade and see the new queen. 

In 1990, an unruly crowd of 1,000 people vandalized several stores and residences. Arrests were made and damages repaired, but Poly Royal was in jeopardy. For the next four years Cal Poly had no Poly Royal event. 

In 1994 Open House was born with approval from President Warren Baker. Open House is a culmination of Farmers’ Picnic, Poly Royal, some new events, and the addition of Admitted Students' Preview Day to provide a showcase weekend for the University. Newly admitted students, their supporters, parents, current students, faculty, alumni, friends, and community members are invited to come experience all that Cal Poly offers.

 

Open House Past and Present

Take a look at some highlights from Open House past and present! For more, see our Cal Poly Orientation Open House History album on Flickr here.

1994 Mustang Daily (It Worked) (Need Print)

 Past Open House Posters & Themes

Open House 2018 Poster   Open House 2017 Poster   Open House 2016 Poster  
2018   2017   2016  
Celebrating 25 Years   24th Annual Open House   Celebrating the Mustang Legacy  

Co-Chairs:

Gabby Pajo

Becs Phan

 

Co-Chairs:

Rebecca Villalobos

Brian Moore

 

Co-Chairs:

Delaney Nicholas

Marcus Pereira

 

Designer:

Gabby Pajo

 

Designer:

Mary Johnson

 

Designer:

Jillian Ray

 
           
Open House 2015 Poster   Open House 2014 Poster   Open House 2013 Poster  
2015   2014   2013  
This is the Mustang Nation   All That Glitters
Green & Gold 
  Celebrating 20 Years   

Co-Chairs:

Ali Garrison

Lauren Heckendorn

 

Co-Chairs:

Chris Grieves

Alexis Pereda

 

Co-Chairs:

Alyssa D'Amico

Alexis Pereda

 

Designer:

Patricia Lee

  Designer:
Casey Lovano
  Designer:
Kate Johnson
 
           
Open House 2012 Poster   Open House 2011 Poster   Open House 2010 Poster  
2012   2011   2010  
Green and Gold Rush     Polywood    To Cal Poly
and Beyond! 
 

Co-Chairs:

Anna Consani

Christina George

 

Chair:

Travis Potter

 

Co-Chairs:

Matt Justus

Kelsey Hayes

 
Designer:
Anna Castenholz
  Designer:
Alex Carter
  Designer:
Jeannie Nguyen
 
           
Open House 2009 Poster   Open House 2008 Poster   Open House 2007 Poster  
2009   2008   2007  
Design Your
Future
  Destination:
Cal Poly!
  Explore Cal Poly:
Begin Your Adventure
 

Co-Chairs:

Kayla Demonte

Sydney Hollingsworth

 

Co-Chairs:

Allison O'Leary

Elizabeth Sullivan

 

Co-Chairs:

Ashley Evans

Allison O'Leary

 
Designer:
Donna Clark
  Designer:
Kim Claytor
   Designer:
David Wong
 
           
Open House 2006 Poster   Open House 2005 Poster   Open House 2004 Poster  
2006   2005   2004  
Cal Poly:
Choice of Champions
  Oceans of
Opportunity
  Spotlight:
Cal Poly
 

Co-Chairs:

Shannon Austin

Carl Payne

 

Co-Chairs:

Rachel Barr

Robert Stornetta

 

Co-Chairs:

Casey Cortopassi

Robert Stornetta

 
Designer:
Brandon Collins
  Designer:
Jessica Greenwalt
  Designer:
Stephanie Chu
 
           
Open House 2003 Poster   Open House 2002 Poster   Open House 2001 Poster  
2003   2002   2001  
Treasuring Royal Traditions   Passport to Poly   Open House Presents Poly Royal  

Co-Chairs:

Carina Yamaguchi

Julie McHuron

 

Co-Chairs:

Carina Yamaguchi

Kristen Salinas

 

Co-Chairs:

Barbi Borgonovi

Nicole Wilson

 
    Designer:
Reagan Reynolds
     
           
Open House 2000 Poster   Open House 1999 Poster   Open House 1998 Poster  
2000   1999   1998  
The Power of Poly   Breaking New Ground   Poly Classic  

Co-Chairs:

Barbi Borgonovi

Mandy Claud

 

Co-Chairs:

Samantha Halderman

Joel Shirbroun

 

Co-Chairs:

Jenny Justus

Ryan Averill

 
           
Open House 1997 Poster   Open House 1996 Poster   Open House 1995  Poster  
1997   1996   1995  
Beyond Your Wildest Dreams   Imagination, Explortation, Celebration   Avenues of Innovation...Roads to Discovery  

Chair:

Cindy Entzi

 

Co-Chairs:

Duane Banderob

Creighton Oyler

 

Co-Chairs:

Louie Brown

Duane Banderob

Creighton Oyler

 
Open House 1994  Poster  
1994  
A Foundation for the Future  

Co-Chairs:

Deidre Flynn

Louie Brown

 

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