March 2, 2011 Bakersfield Californian had a small article...someone's recollection...about Emerson Junior High. First established in 1876 it was called Railroad Avenue School because it faced the railroad. Railroad Avenue eventually was renamed Truxtun Avenue.
Railroad Avenue School was burnt to the ground by arsonists shortly after opening. It was refurbished, but not until 1901, for $12,000. This time brick was used in the construction. It was renamed Emerson School in 1904...used for an elementary school at first; then as the town grew it became a Junior High School. Emerson Junior High was relocated from Chester and Truxtun to Fourth and "P" Streets after the 1952 earthquake because it was damaged beyond repair.Refresh your knowledge of hand tools by viewing these two cartoons, ABC of Hand Tools Part I & II starring Primitive Pete, that were shown to all boys in the seventh grade at Emerson Junior High School.