The El Camino Community College District was originally established in 1946 as a two year college in the Inglewood/South Bay area. The governing boards of the Centinela Valley, Redondo, Inglewood and El Segundo districts won a voter approval for the foundation of a junior college. Soon after its inception, Torrance joined the chartered group, and the College District was officially formed on July 1, 1947.
El Camino means "The Road” in Spanish. Today, the school stands as ‘The Road to Success’ for students from the cities of El Segundo, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Lennox and Inglewood.