The school building opened for the Fall 1942 school year. There wasn’t funding for landscaping or playgrounds until the following year and school grounds were considered hazardous.
Carson is one of only a few two-story elementary schools in San Diego. Two concrete bas-relief panels adorn the front of the school on Kramer Street above the entrance and on the auditorium. They were created in 1942 by major San Diego sculptor Donal Hord and are listed on the San Diego Historical Society register.
A Los Angeles area “Linda Vista Hospital” is the source of folklore that Carson Elementary was previously a hospital and is now haunted, neither of which are at all true.