Two years ago, Hagerstown Junior College marked its 50th year as a local educational institution. This year the people who run it believe it's come far enough to leave behind the "Junior" in its title. We agree. Barring the discovery of some unforeseen major expense involved in the name change, it should take place as soon as possible.
Just how far HJC has come is a remarkable story. Begun after World War II in the old Hagerstown High School to meet the educational needs of returning GIs, it was almost shut down in 1953 when enrollment began to decline.
But then Atlee Kepler was appointed dean and began an ambitious program that not only recruited students, but also sold the idea of higher education as a valuable commodity to the community at large. When Kepler retired in 1986, the college was accredited and had its own campus on Robinwood Drive. Under the leadership of Kelper's successor, Dr. Norman Shea, HJC has continued to grow.