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This building was officially called the Commerical Building. Built in 1895, by 1913 it was old when the junior college's first classes were placed in the basement of the Old Building. It was located in the middle of what is now known as Elm Grove on the BHS campus. It is long gone. In 1930, the Junior College Building was built on the BHS campus to serve the growing numbers of students. When the JC was moved from the high school campus to the new campus on Panorama Drive in 1956, the JC building was renamed Warren Hall. It is still used.

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Ysabel Forker was raised in Bakersfield, graduated from Kern High School in 1911, returned from college to teach Spanish at what is now called Bakersfield College in 1915, and retired in 1962.

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This is a divider page from the 1919 Oracle, the high school yearbook. By 1919, the Junior College was given its own section.

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The groundbreaking of Bakersfield College in 1953.

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Planning for the new Bakersfield College campus was underway in this photo from 1953. Standing are vice-president Ed Simonsen, who later became president, and Ralph Prator, college president.

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In 1954, this is how the future site of Bakersfield College and Memorial Stadium looked.

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Here's the program from the first game played in Memorial Stadium in 1955. It was Bakersfield College versus Pasadena City College.

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Bakersfield College in 1956, after the initial construction was complete. But there are no sidewalks yet.

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Students enter Bakersfield College's Humanities Building in 1957.

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In this photo from 1959, Bakersfield College Dean of Students Margaret Levinson and Director of Student Activities John Collins, who later became president, talk with students.

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Teacher Lucille Parmenter's typing class circa 1959.

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The head of Bakersfield College's nursing program, Kathryn Cafferty, with graduates Kathy and Max Burdick, in 1964. Burdick later became head of the Nursing Department.

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Photographed in 1964, this mosiac on the Science and Engineering Buiding was made by students and lasted about 20 years.

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A Bakersfield College dance in 1968.

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Bakersfield College spirit leaders in 1968.

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Gymnastics training at Bakersfield College in 1969.

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The Bakersfield College Ski Club in 1969. The adviser is Georgene Bihlman.

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Opening day of the Bakersfield College Bookstore in 1971.

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In this undated photo, the cannon shot off by veterans announces every Bakersfield College score at the football games.

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In 1919, Paul VanderEike was the vice principal of the high school and first dean of the junior college, then known as Kern County Junior College.

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Morris Chain, a Kern County Union High School graduate, is responsible for the nickname Renegades, now used by Bakersfield College. This photo is from about 1920.

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The Kern County Junior College faculty in 1929. The college is now Bakersfield College.

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The basketball team in 1930, when the college was called Bakersfield Junior College.

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The football squad in 1930, when the college was known as Bakersfeld Junior College.

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Bakersfield College pole vault champion Bill Priddy in 1948.

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In 1949, the first knight arrives on horseback. The students decided to have a knight present at football games. He arrived by helicopter and delivered the team's jackets.

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The Bakersfield College Library after the 1952 earthquake.

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Grace Bird in 1934.

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Women archers at the college in 1940.

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Students work in industrial arts in 1940.

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At the 1988 Honor Brunch at Bakersfield College, Shirley Trembley from mathematics and Carol Sharpe from home economics give awards. Ray Ward and Rick Wright are seated.

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The Huddle Mural at Bakersfield College in 1990. Many of the people depicted can be identified.

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The downtown Bakersfield College center groundbreaking in 1974.

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A band played at noon in the Campus Center of Bakersfield College in 1976.

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The Bakersfield College 1976 Rose Bowl win.

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A balloon race at Bakersfield College in 1977.

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Maya Angelou speaks in the Bakersfield College Fireside Room in 1979. Chalita Robinson is the instructor next to Angelou, looking up at her.

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A drilling rig on the Bakersfield College campus in 1981 was used to train oil field workers. It is no longer there.

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U.S. Surgeon General Everett Koop speaks at Bakersfield College in 1993.

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The interior of the Grace Van Dyke Bird Library at Bakersfield College in 1996.

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Bakersfield College presidents in 2006 marked the 50th anniversary of the move to the Hill. Six presidents in order of when they served are Ed Simonsen, John Collins, Rick Wright, Sandra Serrano, Bob Allison (interim) and Bill Andrews.

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In 2006, Nick Strobel is photographed in the new planetarium at Bakersfield College.

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The solar field under construction at Bakersfield College in 2010.

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In 2010, men and women sho lived in the dorms in the first years of the Bakersfield College campus on Panorama Drive gathered for a reunion.

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In 2010, the Levan Center at Bakersfield College was dedicated. Dr. Norman Levan is seated in a wheelchair, Mike Stepanovich is speaking, and college President Greg Chamberlain is at right.

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In 2012, the Bakersfield College football team bursts out of helmet to a win over Fullerton.

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In 2011, the David Gay family presents a Clayton Rippey painting to Bakersfield College. Rippey, a noted artist, taught at Bakersfield College for many years and designed and built the Renegade Knight pylon at Haley Street and Panorama Drive.

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A fire academy is offered through Bakersfield College in this 1999 photo.

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The Wylie & May Louise Jones Art Gallery at Bakersfield College in 1996.

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Sheep on the Bakersfield College farm about 2000.

The hallmark of BC’s mission during a century of serving students has been taking the young and sometimes not so young and helping them find their way.

In 2013 — the college’s centennial year — BC is celebrating its history by publishing a commemorative book and staging a formal fundraising gala Friday.

Its role has evolved over time.

BC was founded in 1913 as the junior college division of the Kern Union High School District, the second in the state after Fresno.

What is now called BC was housed on the campus of Kern Union High School, or the present-day Bakersfield High School.

At the time, the only option local teens had for higher education was the University of California at Berkeley, but distance and expense put the university out of reach for most of Kern’s residents.

Today, the modern incarnation of BC is a racially and ethnically diverse place where accomplished students can make a beeline to their calling, and others can meander toward a goal they may be slow to identify.

And they aren’t always young. About a quarter of BC’s 36,150 students are age 30 or older. Teens fresh out of high school attend classes alongside people returning to school after years in the military, in the workforce or raising children.

Take a walk through history with these 50 photos shared with us from the Bakersfield College archives.