There aren’t too many surviving faculty members from North High School’s inaugural 1953-54 school year.
And there aren’t too many fighter pilots still around from World War II.
Jordan “Turk” Eliades makes both lists.
Eliades, 93, taught and coached at North for 32 years prior to retiring in 1985. That means he’s been retired nearly as long as he taught and coached.
North was Bakersfield’s third public high school when it opened in 1953, joining Bakersfield and East Bakersfield high schools. Garces was the county’s