Will Rogers High School

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Will Rogers High School
Will Rogers High School Tower.jpg
"Will on the Hill"
Address
3909 E. 5th Place
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Information
Type Public
Established 1939
Head teacher Mrs. Lyda Wilbur
Faculty 65+
Number of students 950+
Color(s) Royal Blue & Gold
Website

Will Rogers High School, located on 3909 E. 5th Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was built by Tulsa Public Schools in 1939 using WPA workers and designed by Joseph R. Koberling, Jr. and Leon B. Senter. It was named for the humorist Will Rogers, who died in 1935 along with Wiley Post in a plane crash. The school has approximately 1,000 students as of 2008, and more than 39,000 alumni.

In the 2008/09 school year, Rogers English teacher Brian Grimm was honored with the district's title of "teacher of the Year". Tulsa Public Schools has 83 schools and 3,300 teachers and staff.

The school's colors are royal blue and gold, their mascot is a Roper (i.e. a cowboy who specializes in using a rope to manage cattle) and the students are known as the Ropers. The school's symbol is based upon the dogiron (branding iron) used by the Rogers family.

On September 21, 2007, the Will Rogers High School building was added to the National Register of Historic Places with national significance. It is an example of Art Deco. The National Park Service has stated that it is one of the best examples of Art Deco high school architecture in the United States.[1]

Change to Dual Enrollment School[edit]

In 2011, Tulsa Public Schools converted Will Rogers High School to a dual enrollment school for students offering those who complete the program at Rogers up to 66 college units, the equivalent of an Associate's degree. It has been since renamed "Will Rogers College High School." The student body consists of grades 7 through 12, eliminating the traditional middle school (junior high school). The next graduating class would be in 2014.[2]

Tulsa Will Rogers High School Foundation Inc.[edit]

The school has a group of alumni who run the Tulsa Will Rogers High School Foundation Inc., which provides grants and scholarships to Rogers faculty and students. The Foundation was established in the 1990s and continues to this day.

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service. "National Register of Historic Places Program: Back To School: Will Rogers High School"[1]
  2. ^ News on 6. "TPS Proposal Would Make Rogers High School A College Magnet Program." March 31, 2011. [2]

Coordinates: 36°09′14″N 95°56′00″W / 36.153833°N 95.933272°W / 36.153833; -95.933272