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Air Force vet Eliades still an institution at North 31 years after retiring

Jordan "Turk" Eliades with his P-51 model, made by fellow coach Harvel Pollard which Pollard named "Cookie," after Eliades' wife. Eliades flew P-51s in WWII.

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

Colton Meyer does school work in Shafter as his teacher Sister Toni Russell, left, works in the classroom. He is graduating from high school and will be attending Bakersfield College in the fall.

Boy who battled blindness now a graduating senior

High school students across Kern County will march across auditoriums, stages and fields this week to collect their diplomas in a ceremony that has become synonymous with crossing the threshold of adulthood. As graduation season neared, The Californian asked principals, counselors and staff

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