Our Namesake

  • Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson was born in 1743 and died in 1826. At the Second Continental Congress he drafted the Declaration of Independence. In 1779 he became governor of Virginia, guiding that state through the troubled last years of the American revolution. In 1785 he became minister to France. From 1790 to 1793 he served as secretary of state in President Washington’s cabinet. He served as vice president from 1797 to 1801. In 1800 Jefferson was chosen president by the House of Representatives in order to break a tie with Aaron Burr. He served as president from 1801 to 1809. Jefferson was the first president inaugurated in Washington, a city he had helped to plan. He pushed through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. He also planned the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In the later years of his life, in retirement at his beloved home, Monticello, Jefferson worked to found the University of Virginia and continued his lifelong interests in science, architecture, philosophy, and the arts.


  • Jefferson Elementary is one of the oldest schools in the Bakersfield City School District, first providing educational services in 1917. It is named after important historical figure, and 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. For nearly 100 years, Jefferson Elementary School’s goal has been to provide each student the attention and quality instruction they need to be successful at every phase of life.