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In 1961, having outgrown Amundsen, Truman College moved to a former elementary school on Wilson Avenue and was named Mayfair College.

The college moved to its present location in Uptown in 1976 and was going to be called Northeast Community College until Frank Sullivan, Mayor Richard J. Daley's press secretary, suggested naming it after President Harry S Truman, a lifelong proponent of higher education. Residents, afraid the college would attract outsiders and offer them nothing, painted a mural on the El supports facing the college that included the words, "This college must be for everyone." Those words guide Truman to this day.