Hort Elementary School was named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hort who devoted a great part of their lives to working in the Bakersfield city schools. Mrs. Hort taught for 13 years in the county then quit teaching to raise her family. She then taught for another 13 years in the Bakersfield City School District. Mr. Hort worked for the Bakersfield City School District for 21 years as a storekeeper and assistant purchasing agent.
Mr. and Mrs. Hort met in Bakersfield and were married in Oil Center. They were pioneer settlers in the Hort School area. When they purchased their ten acres, there was nothing but undeveloped land and large farms. They saw great changes and the area is now a rapidly growing area with many new subdivisions.
Mrs. Hort began work in the PTA in 1915 when she was a teacher at Beardsley School. In addition, she was on the district board when it was first organized in 1917. She also was on the 7th district PTA board, the Bakersfield Council of PTA, and was president of the Horace Mann PTA, Washington School PTA, and East High School PTA.
Mr. and Mrs. Hort continued to support local education by donating a portion of their land for Hort School. On October 1, 1956, Hort School opened and over the past 50 years, thousands of students have proudly called Hort their home.