The Patterson Unified School District Currently includes five elementary, one junior high and two high schools. District schools strive to "empower every student to be a lifelong learner." Sacred Heart Catholic School is a private facility for students in kindergarten though the eighth grade. For those that are seeking higher education opportunities, Modesto Junior College, California State University with campuses in Stanislaus and Turlock and the University of the Pacific in Stockton are all just a short drive away.
In addition to excellent schools, Patterson offers a wealth of recreational opportunities. The city's Parks and Recreation Department oversees three community parks, two neighborhood parks and a 25-acre community sports complex that includes a combination soccer and football field, a play area for children and two softball diamonds. In addition, the department offers numerous programs and activities throughout the year for all ages.
The history of the community of Patterson began with the measuring out of the Rancho Del Puerto and the subsequent grant of the land to the brothers Mariano and Pedro Hernandez on January 20, 1844 , by Manuel Micheltoreno, Governor of the Californias. Samuel G. Reed and Ruben S. Wade made claim to the land on January 7, 1855. They received title to 13,340 acres on August 15, 1864 after a patent encompassing the land grant was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Reed and Wade sold the grant to J.O. Eldredge on June 18, 1866, for $5,000. He held the title two months before selling it to John D. Patterson on August 14, 1866 for $5,400.
John D. Patterson purchased additional land. At his death on March 7, 1902, a total of 18,462 acres was willed to nephews Thomas W. and William W. Patterson, executors of his estate, and other heirs. Two of the heirs, Thomas W. and John D. Patterson bought out the other heirs for the sum of $540,000 cash gold coin and incorporated the Patterson Ranch Company on May 16, 1908.
Today Patterson is a small community that is surrounded by agricultural land and provides its steadily growing population several features including a central location right in the middle of it all.
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