About Us!!

Emerson Middle School is part of a long and storied educational tradition that dates all the way back to 1876.  One of the first educational institutions opened in Bakersfield, it adopted the name “Railroad School” because of its proximity to the local railroad station.  In 1902, the name changed to Emerson, named after the famed author and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson.  The school remained open until 1952, when the town was struck by a massive earthquake that caused extreme damage to the school leading to its closure and demolition. The school has rebuilt and re-opened in 1954 at its current location on Fourth St. Over the years, Emerson has seen many changes and transitions, but one thing has never changed – the efforts of the staff and administration to provide each student the attention and materials they need to be successful in every stage of life.

Emerson, then known as Railroad School, 1880's.

Emerson, then known as Railroad School, 1880’s.

Emerson Middle School, early 1900's.

Emerson Middle School, early 1900’s.

Emerson students attending school at an alternate location due to earthquake damage, 1952.

Emerson students attending school at an alternate location due to earthquake damage, 1952.

Emerson MS, 1970's.

Emerson MS, 1970’s.

Students taking notes during a lecture, 1998.

Students taking notes during a lecture, 1998.


Polo Marquez

Vice Principal
Sara Williams

Lisa Lommen

Emerson phone number

Emerson fax number
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.