Named for Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States (1929 to 1933). The site became parkland in the mid 50’s when a bond issue called for recreational space south of Oregon. When the park was developed, it was adjacent to Herbert Hoover Elementary School which was relocated in 1982. Herbert Hoover had close ties to Stanford. He was in the pioneer class of 1895, founded the Hoover Institution, gave his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination in Stanford Stadium, and deeded his home on the campus to the University for the President’s house.