On July 16, 1929, Amarillo College became the first junior college district in the state to be organized independent of a school district. The first classes were held in September 1929. The College moved to its present location with the construction of its first permanent building in 1937.
After serving primarily as a junior college offering arts and sciences courses, the curriculum was expanded in 1942 to include vocational courses.
In 1958, Amarillo College was granted its own board of regents independent of the trusteeship of the Amarillo Independent School District. The 1960s brought expansion in College facilities and programs. A number of allied health and occupational-technical programs were added to the curriculum along with an extensive array of continuing education and community service courses.
In 1995, state legislation transferred Texas State Technical College - Amarillo to AC. Today, the East Campus (formerly Amarillo Technical Center) continues a 25-year history of meeting the region's technical education needs.
January 2000 saw the opening of the Amarillo College Moore County Campus in Dumas, and that was followed by the opening of the Hereford Campus in the fall of 2005.
Amarillo College served 11,100 academic students in Fall 2009.
The campuses, locations and phones are as follows:
• Washington Street Campus, 2201 S. Washington, 371-5000
• West Campus, 6222 W. 9th, 371-5000
• East Campus, I-40 East and Exit 80, 371-5000
• Polk Street Campus, 1314 S. Polk, 371-2900
• Moore County Campus, 1220 E. First, Dumas, 934-7220
• Hereford Campus, Ave. H and Grand Ave., 457-4400