During the Golden Days of the Panama Canal, education was considered essential in the development of the narrow strip of adjacent to the waterway known as the Canal Zone. All levels of education were of the highest quality, even surpassing educations institutions of the Continental United States.
One of these educational institutions was the Canal Zone College which later gave way to a local branch of the Florida State University. Everything inside the campus was first class. It was the goal of many Panamanian businessmen to enroll their children here, as well as the children of the employees of the Panama Canal Commission.
Recently the Florida State University moved to a more modern campus at la Ciudad del Saber (Knowledge City) in Clayton. The campus of the Canal Zone College is presently occupied by the International Maritime University of Panama. This university trains cadets to become merchant marine ships’ officers.
It is to be noted that Panama has begun turning former military installations into housing, civilian ports, hotels, industrial parks, universities, and sports facilities. Some bases have been converted into tourist complexes aimed at attracting cruise-ship passengers, while some undeveloped areas have become eco-tourist sites.
Below are several pictures of the former Canal Zone College in an effort to help those of you who studied here, to recollect your nostalgic student’s days. Here we go.
For those of you who lived and studied in the Panama Canal Zone, I’m sure these pictures will refresh your memories. Good Day.