Emerson class photo 1958

Fourth grade class photo, Emerson Elementary School, 385 49th Street, Temescal district, Oakland, Calif. Terry Hatcher (neé Baxter) is in the third row, fifth from left (center). Sharon Utt (top row, far left) lived on the Oakland Army base. Every morning she was brought to school in a green military bus. Gary Ekberg (top row, 2nd from left) is the cousin of Anita Ekberg, who was Miss Sweden in 1950 and the blonde who starred in Frederico Fellini's film, La Dolce Vita. Emerson s principal, Mr. Connally, is in bottom row, 2nd from 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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