Emerson class photo 1954

Morning kindergarten class photo, Emerson Elementary School, 385 49th Street, Temescal district, Oakland, Calif. Terry Hatcher (neé Baxter) is in the third row, second from right. Terry's best friend, Jane Innerbickler, is in the bottom row, second from right. Marsha Lehner, top row, fourth from right, lived on 43rd Street (north side) between Webster Street and Shafter Avenue. Principal, Mr. Connally, is in the bottom row, third from left. Some of the kids, including black kids, at Emerson were from the Army base. Their parents sometimes were transferred, which could have explained why some of them did not show up in later class pictures. [Terry Hatcher note]

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385 49th Sreet., Oakland, Calif.

There had been a public elementary school at a different location in Temescal prior to the completion in 1913 of this facility on the block bounded by 45th Street, Shafter Avenue, 49th Street, and Lawton Avenue. The Oakland School District paid a total of $212,260 for the land ($49,016) and construction of the building ($163,244). The school was designed by architect John Galen Howard and supervising architect, John J. Donovan (architect of the Board of Education). The building was demolished in 1978, and a new school and children's center were erected that year on the former playground. The contract for the new school, totaling $1,928,400, was part of the Oakland school district s earthquake safety program. The plan included 13 new classrooms, a multi-purpose room, library, teachers lounge, administrative offices, playground, and a kitchen. An attached children s center was to include four classrooms, a dining area, and offices.

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