In September the board of directors of Deep Springs College, one of the last all-male instituies of higher learning in the United States, voted 10-2 to admit women. The first coed class is scheduled to enter in 2013.

Some alumni object, however. According to an article by Larry Gordon in the Los Angeles Times:

In legal paperwork filed in Inyo County Superior Court, two college trustees who want the 28-student campus to remain all-male asked a judge to stop the school from admitting women in fall 2013. Those critics contend that enrolling women would violate the campus’ founding trust and original mission to educate “promising young men” in a setting that combines the liberal arts with such physical work as baling alfalfa and milking cows.

The trustees, Kinch Hoekstra and Edward Keonjian, say that there is no compelling reason to admit women and that if the community wants to educate women, the other trustees “are free to donate or raise the funds to create one according to their own vision.”

Deep Springs President David Neidorf supports admitting women to the school. Neidor told Gordon that he had not read the legal filing and still plans to admit women next year.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer