J. F. Drake State Technical College is a community college in Huntsville, Alabama. As of the Fall 2010 semester, Drake State has an enrollment of 1,258 students. The college was founded in 1961 as the Huntsville State Vocational Technical College. In 1966, the school was renamed J. F. Drake State Technical Trade School in honor of Joseph Fanning Drake, a long-serving president of Alabama A&M University. After desegregating in 1967, the school took its current name in 1973. In addition to its main campus near Alabama A&M, Drake State offers instruction in the historic Times Building downtown.
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