La Verne is a small city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. It is a suburb 30 miles east of Los Angeles, located in the Pomona Valley below the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.562 square miles.
The history of the area dates back to the 1830s when Ygnacio Palomares received the 15,000-acre (61 km2) Rancho San Jose land grant from Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado in 1837. The land included the present day cities Pomona, Claremont, San Dimas, Glendora, and La Verne. The adobe which Palomares built in 1837 is still preserved in Pomona as La Casa Primera de Rancho San Jose (The First House). Lordsburg College was founded in 1891. In 1906 the town was incorporated as “La Verne.” Residents grew field crops, then began planting citrus trees, which flourished. Lordsburg became known as the “Heart of the Orange Empire.” The city of La Verne flourished as a center of the citrus industry until after World War II, when the citrus industry slowly faded away. Today the last two orange groves are on the grounds of the La Verne Mansion and Heritage Park.
The University of La Verne is located on 3rd Street in the city. The Bonita Unified School District serves the city. Bonita High School is located on D Street. Lutheran High School is located on Fruit Street. Damien High School is a Catholic boys’ school located at the intersection of Damien and Bonita Avenues. Calvary Baptist Schools is located at the intersection of Damien Avenue and Forestdale Street.