BC was founded in 1913 and initially housed on the campus of Bakersfield High School (then Kern County Union High School) before moving in 1956 to its current location "on the hill" in northeast Bakersfield on the "Panorama Bluffs" that overlook the prolific Kern River Oilfield. Bakersfield College is one of the oldest continually operating community colleges in the United States.
The main campus is located on a 153-acre (62 ha) plot in Northeast Bakersfield, and it also operates two satellite campuses: the Weill Institute in downtown Bakersfield, shared by the Kern Community College District, and at the Delano Campus in Delano, California, approximately 35 miles (56 km) north of Bakersfield.
The Renegade Rip is the student-run newspaper within the journalism department at Bakersfield College. Published biweekly, The Rip currently has a circulation of approximately 4,000. An online edition is also available. The Rip is a regular contender and recipient of JACC (Journalism Association of Community Colleges) awards at both the state and regional levels and in 2003-2004 won the Associated Collegiate Press National Pacemaker Award. They are a member of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges and compete in the Southern California region.
Rip reporters and photographers cover the campus, which rests "on the bluffs" in Bakersfield, California. The students cover topics ranging from crime on campus, to student profiles, sports and local entertainment. The tradition of The Renegade Rip has always been to chase news stories and focus on what affects the student body at Bakersfield College and the community of Bakersfield as a whole.
The BC Renegades ('Gades) compete in the Western State Conference (WSC). Renegades football has a long tradition of success in Junior College-level competition, and plays out of the 20,000-seat, on-campus Memorial Stadium. The college has an extensive athletics program including: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, football, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and men's and women's swimming.