Old School | A.W. Ward Museum of Dentistry

Step into the Past

Prior to becoming the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, the College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) was located on 14th Street in the Mission District for 68 years. A new dental school display, located at the entrance to Dorfman Hall on the first floor, highlights the history of the P&S building on 14th Street thanks to the collaboration between the A.W. Ward Museum, Design and Photo, Administration and Building Operations.

The original, hand-painted glass sign from the entrance of the old P&S building on 14th Street now hangs and is backlit over a full-scale supergraphic of the vintage front door. An adjacent kiosk displays eight dental exhibits, among which are histories of the dental chair, the toothbrush and the high-speed handpiece. These exhibits include images of P&S-era dental artifacts donated to the school’s A.W. Ward Museum of Dentistry Collection.