Stanford Residential College was originally called the 960 Complex because it could hold a maximum of 960 residents when it was built in 1968. In 1985, it became the first hall converted to a Residential College and was called The Residential College. Later, it was renamed Henry King Stanford Residential College after former President Emeritus Dr. Henry King Stanford.
Dr. Henry King Stanford was the University's third President, serving in this role from 1962-81. Stanford's presidency was marked by further emphasis on research activity, additions to physical facilities, and reorganization of the University's administrative structure. During his tenure, several research centers and institutes were established, including the Center for Advanced International Studies (1964; presently the Graduate School of International Studies), the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Evolution (1964), the Center for Theoretical Studies (1965), and the Institute for the Study of Aging (1975).
In 2004, the residents of SRC created their own mascot, King Henry of Stanford, in Dr. Stanford's honor. The mascot was created through the vision and creativity of SRC students, to both re-connect Dr. Stanford with his building and usher in a new era of pride for its residents. Reginald Holmes, an SRC Resident Assistant from 2002-2004, initiated and developed the concept. King Henry, who can be seen at major SRC events, provides an avenue for residents to get involved with creating excitement in SRC, and helps stimulate an even livelier residential community.
All student rooms at the University are air conditioned. Cable television service, Internet access and local telephone service are included in room rent. Students, however, must bring their own phone instrument. All rooms are equipped with bed, dresser, desk, chair, bookshelf, trash can, and window coverings. Lounges, meeting rooms, music practice areas (Stanford College only), laundries, and vending areas are located throughout the residential colleges and apartment area.