Celebrate Women’s History Month: Learn about Fern Bacon
Fern Huston Bacon, for whom Fern Bacon Middle School is named, was a teacher, principal and superintendent who dedicated 40 years to the students and families of the Pacific School District, which was annexed by SCUSD in 1958.
Born in Medford, Oregon, in 1903, Bacon’s family moved to Briggs, California when she was 10. After graduating from high school, Bacon considered studying to become a teacher, nurse or piano teacher. Her father persuaded her to go into teaching because he thought it offered more security. She took his advice and enrolled at Chico Normal School, now known as Chico State.
In Sacramento, Bacon was hired to teach fourth grade at Pacific School, where she spent 40 years as a teacher, principal, and shortly, as District Superintendent.
In 1928, she married Devere Bacon, who later became principal of Crocker Elementary School. Besides her duties at Pacific, Fern Bacon was greatly involved in many of the social activities at Crocker.
Three years later, she became the teacher/principal at Pacific School, which was a five-teacher school. At the time, the district was all farmland, which could be purchased for $10 an acre.
As the area began to develop, Bacon was very active in researching whether a new school was needed. In 1949, a new Pacific Elementary School was opened and Bacon was named principal and district superintendent. Eventually, the district included three more schools: Woodbine, Parkway and Clayton B. Wire.
Pacific School District was annexed to SCUSD in 1958 and Bacon returned to being the principal at Pacific. She retired in 1965.
In her free time, Bacon loved the outdoors and spent vacations at Wright’s Lake, where she and her husband owned a cabin. She enjoyed skiing in the winter and fishing in the summer. An equestrian, she also participated in cattle drives.