Rafer Johnson School is a unique educational environment, providing special needs services for children and their families. The school first opened in 1950, under the name “Peter Pan School.” In 1972, the district decided to have a name change, which eventually led to the school being named Rafer Johnson School. It is named after Rafer Johnson, a famous track athlete, who won a Silver medal in the 1956 Olympics, and a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics in the decathlon. He is also renowned for his contributions and involvement with the Special Olympics in Southern California.
The Rafer Johnson School is uniquely equipped and staffed to provide quality educational services to the children that require special attention and instruction.
Rafer Johnson, then Peter Pan School, 1960’s.
District announcement regarding name change to Rafer Johnson, 1973.
Rafer Johnson visits school named in his honor, 1973.
“Rafer Johnson Day” invitation, 1975.
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.