About Us

Chipman Junior High was first opened in 1969 providing educational services for students in 7th and 8th grades.  The school is named after Bernice Harrell Chipman, a long-time Bakersfield resident, who is most well-known for being president of The Daily Californian, the local newspaper.  She also served and volunteered in many different capacities, including being named the honorary chairman of the Kern County Centennial Celebration in 1966.  Chipman Junior High is dedicated to providing each student the tools and curriculum they need to be successful in each phase of life, from High School, College, career and beyond.

Chipman Junior High, 1970's.

Chipman Junior High, 1970’s.

Newspaper photo featuring members of the Chipman Charger Choir with their vocal teacher, 1977

Newspaper photo featuring members of the Chipman Charger Choir with their vocal teacher, 1977.

Students taking notes during lecture, 1998.

Students taking notes during lecture, 1998.

Student taking part in a shop class project, 1998.

Student taking part in a shop class project, 1998.

Chipman students enjoying  an afternoon outside, 1998.

Chipman students enjoying an afternoon outside, 2001.



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Chipman Junior High
2905 Eissler Street
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Phone 661-631-5210
Fax 661-871-7007


Russell Taylor

First Day of School
August 16, 2017

2-Hour Late Start Dates

Aug. 24, Sept. 14,  Oct. 19,
Nov. 30, Jan. 18,
Feb. 15, Mar. 15,  Apr. 12

What We Offer

Chipman Junior High School offers multiple and diversified educational experiences for approximately 850 students. Chipman supports and nurtures the learning of all students.

Our Mission

Chipman’s vision is to become an exemplary model of academic and behavioral excellence where the adults inspire all students to achieve academic excellence and become well-rounded productive citizens who value education.

Mission Statement
Chipman’s mission is to ensure a safe, nurturing, engaging environment in which all students receive an effective, world-class, comprehensive education that prepares them for high school, career, college, and beyond.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.