Kern High School District - Teaching in Bakersfield
Big City Living. Small town feeling
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Where is

Located in beautiful, sunny California, Bakersfield is a large city steeped in rich history. It’s also incredibly close to some other incredible places. So much to do, so little time!

Santa Barbara

Reach complete relaxation on the picturesque beaches of the Pacific Ocean with just a short 2 to 3 hour drive.

San Francisco

Explore the cultural, commercial and financial center of Northern California in just a short 4 hour drive

Los Angeles

You can reach this hub of entertainment is just under 2 hours and experience world class museums, shows and amusement parks.

San Diego

You can drive to San Diego in under 4 hours and enjoy world renowned zoos, museums and beaches.


Immerse yourself in nature at this iconic and awe inspiring national park only 2 to 3 hours drive away!

Las Vegas

If night life and excitement are more your style, the legendary Las Vegas strip is only a half day drive away!

Bakersfield Highlights

With its own symphony, art galleries, theaters and museums, Bakersfield has a wealth of culture available to it’s residents
Bakersfield is a community with strong ties to tradition, family and community. A place where you know your neighbors by name.

Padre Hotel

The Padre is a sophisticated boutique hotel with restaurants, nightlife and is a hub for downtown Bakersfield style.

Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra that enriches our community through the power of music.

Parks & Recreation

The City of Bakersfield Recreation & Parks takes great pride in the 59 parks, along with the Kern River Parkway and Centennial Plaza that enrich the quality of life for persons of all ages and abilities.

Rabobank Arena

The 10,000+ seat Rabobank Arena provides a great venue whether you are catching a major rock band on tour or supporting our local hockey team.

Kern River Parkway

Bakersfield boasts a walking/bike trail that spans over 21 miles long and follows the Kern River through major portions of the city.

Wild Wolves Preserve

Located just minutes outside of Bakersfield, the Wind Wolves Preserve was created to maintain the natural beauty of the Kern County meadow lands. The Wildland Conservancy offers seasonal festivals and a variety of free programs to enjoy this slice of nature.


Take a walk through history at the Kern County Museum! Thousands of historical and cultural artifacts are displayed in more than 56 historic buildings on 16 beautifully landscaped acres.

Bakersfield Teachers
can afford 86% of the houses
on the local market today

“It only took me four days to find my house, and for a single woman my young age to be working in the job I want, and to be able to buy a brand new house – it doesn’t get any better than this”
-Hilary Whitcomb

The Kern High School District is California's largest 9-12 high school district with more than 35,000 students and 3,500 employees.

Message from the Superintendent

Thirty years ago, I was sitting exactly where you are today. I had just earned a teaching degree and was looking for a good job and a new adventure.

I was living in South Dakota when I was recruited to join the Kern High School District teaching force in Bakersfield.
I jumped at the chance to move out to sunny California with my bride to begin my teaching career.

The students and the support I received from parents, staff and school administrators through my three decades here, have made this career both enjoyable and incredibly rewarding.

As my career progressed, I enjoyed that same support in my role as a Dean of students, Assistant Principal of Administration, Assistant Principal of Instruction and Principal. I have also served as Assistant Superintendent of Business and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, until becoming the 21st Kern High School District Superintendent in 2014.

I encourage you to start your new adventure with us.

Bryon J Schaefer, Ed.D.
Kern High School District | Superintendent

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