Sixty years ago, Irvine Company donated 1,000 acres for a new UC Irvine campus and commissioned architect William Pereira, left, to master plan the all-new city of Irvine around the campus. At right: UCI Chancellor Daniel Aldrich Jr.

THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF EDUCATION IN IRVINE

Before the first spade of dirt was turned, Irvine was master-planned to become a city of intellect, built around a new university.

The result: Irvine is now home to the No. 1 school district in Southern California; the No. 1 university in America; and the highest percentage of residents with bachelor’s degrees in America.