Emerson class photo 1956

Second grade class photo, Emerson Elementary School, 385 49th Street, Temescal district, Oakland, Calif. Terry Hatcher (neé Baxter) is in the second row, second from left. The teacher, Miss Titus (bottom row, far left), loved the jewelry Terry s parents made at Studio One (Terry's parents started taking classes at Studio One in 1954). Marsha Lehner (bottom row, 2nd from right) lived on 43rd Street (north side) between Webster Street and Shafter Avenue. Joy Warner (top row, 2nd from right), lived in the house on the southwest corner of Webster and 50th streets, next to Faith Presbyterian Church. Mr. Connally, Emerson s principal, is in bottom row, far right. [Terry Hatcher note]

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385 49th Street, 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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