Woodrow Barons 1953

About one-third of the 'Woodrow Barons' in a group shot taken on 48th Street, next to Woodrow Wilson Jr. High" (looking west), Temescal district, Oakland, Calif. "Back row, l-r, Leslie Booth, Tom Velez, Don Regal, Jay Valentine; front row, l-r, Joe Camporeale, Bob Selva, Billy Sutherland, Ray Raineri." (Ray Raineri caption)

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Webster Street and 48th Street, Oakland, Calif.

Several schools stood on this one-square-block site. The two-story Temescal School was constructed in 1887 at the corner of 48th Street and Webster Street (formerly Cherry Street). During the 1910s and early 1920s, the school housed the forerunner of University High School (which in 1923 moved into a new building on Grove Street now Martin Luther King Jr. Way which later became Merritt Community College, and in 1999, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute). Meanwhile, a new grade school, Emerson Elementary, was built in 1913 on 49th Street between Shafter Avenue and Lawton Avenue. Through bond issues of 1919 and 1924, a new building Mosswood Jr. High School, facing 48th Street, was constructed in 1923 to the west of the original school house, and In 1926, the building was expanded and renamed Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School. Woodrow Wilson was demolished in the early 1980s and replaced with the one-story Verdese Carter Middle School, built on the southeast corner of the school property, near the corner of Webster and 45th streets. Carter closed in 2006, and Oakland International High School, a program of the Oakland Unified School District, opened the following year. [Jennifer Dowling and Jeff Norman note]

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