Emerson classroom 1956
Third-grade class, Emerson Elementary School (demolished 1978), Temescal district, Oakland, Calif. Joan Suzio is the girl standing at the back corner. Terry Hatcher (neé Baxter) is sitting in the back row, second from right. Standing at the back against the wall is the teacher (who lived in an apartment building on Telegraph Avenue above 55th Street). Some children, including the two African American students shown here in class, were bused in from the Oakland Army Base. [Terry Hatcher from an interview, 9-27-10]Eilene and Frank Suzio's four children (Joan, Steve, Dan, and Fran) attended Emerson. According to Eilene Suzio, the school was demolished because it was considered seismically unsafe, although she and others believed that, by merely replacing the tile roof, the building could have been saved. The building was demolished in 1978, and a new school and children's center were erected that year on the former playground.
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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.Eilene and Frank Suzio's four children Joan, Steve, Dan, and Fran attended Emerson.