Fullerton is a city located in northern Orange County, California. It is bordered by La Habra and Brea on the north, La Mirada on the northwest, Buena Park on the west, Anaheim on the south, and Placentia on the east. Fullerton was founded in 1887. It secured the land on behalf of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Historically it was a center of agriculture, notably groves of Valencia oranges and other citrus crops; petroleum extraction; transportation; and manufacturing.
Fullerton is home to a vibrant music scene. It was a center for the Orange County hardcore punk music scene. Fullerton is also home to a small but diverse theater scene. Local educational institutions, such as Fullerton College and Fullerton High School’s Academy of the Arts, are the source of numerous large-scale productions. In addition to the theater scene, Fullerton has garnered attention for rare and international film screenings hosted by filmmaker Steve Elkins at the Hibbleton Gallery in the SOCO district.
Fullerton maintains more than 50 city parks and is home to Hillcrest Park, the Craig Regional Park and Ralph B. Clark Regional Park. The Fullerton Arboretum comprises 26 acres of sculpted gardens and unusual plants in northeastern Fullerton.
Fullerton has five public high schools within the city limits, all part of the Fullerton Joint Union High School District. It is home to numerous higher educational institutions, particularly California State University, Fullerton and Fullerton College.