Moore Public Schools

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Moore Public School District
Moore Public Schools (logo).jpg
1500 SE 4th Street
Moore, Oklahoma 73160
School type Public, school district
Motto Learning for Life
Staff 2,345
Grades Preschool–12
Enrollment 21,000+ (2006-2010)
Campus Suburban

The Moore Public School District, also known as Moore Public Schools, is a public school district in Moore, Oklahoma. The school district is the third largest in the state of Oklahoma, after Tulsa Public Schools and Oklahoma City Public Schools, with an enrollment of 21,210 as of October 2008.[citation needed]

The district serves three cities: the entire city of Moore,[1] a very large portion of southern Oklahoma City, and northern Norman.[2] The district covers approximately 160 square miles (410 km2) and has pre kindergarten through 12 grade students enrolled.[citation needed]


2013 tornado[edit]

On May 20, 2013, parts of Moore and neighboring Newcastle and southern Oklahoma City, were affected by an intense multiple-vortex EF5 tornado. The tornado struck Briarwood Elementary School (South Oklahoma City), Plaza Towers Elementary School (Moore), and Highland East Junior High School . Briarwood and Plaza Towers sustained enough damage to be considered a total loss.Highland East's gym was for the most part destroyed. All out buildings were destroyed completely. Seven third graders inside Plaza Towers' 2nd-3rd grade annex lost their lives when the structure's walls collapsed.

Ebola reaction[edit]

On October 20, 2014 the district asked several employees and students who had been on a Carnival Cruise ship which had also been carrying a lab technician who may have come in contact with specimens from Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan three weeks earlier, not to return to school until the worker was cleared and there was no medical threat. The Lab technician tested negative and the employees and students were allowed to return to school.[3][4]

2015 tornado[edit]

On March 25, 2015, a EF2 tornado hit southern Oklahoma City and Moore and lifted the roof and damaged Southgate Elementary and other houses in the path of the tornado. Some were injured. No one was found dead.

List of schools[edit]

The school district includes 31 schools,[5] with preschool through 6th grade students attending elementary school, 7th and 8th grade students attending junior high school and 9th through 12th grade students attending high school.

High schools[edit]

Junior high schools[edit]

  • Brink Junior High (Established in 1979)
  • Central Junior High
  • Highland East Junior High (partially damaged by tornado on May 20, 2013)[6]
  • Highland West Junior High
  • Moore West Junior High (Established in 1975)
  • Southridge Junior High (Established in 2015)

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Apple Creek Elementary
  • Briarwood Elementary (rebuilt after being destroyed by tornado on May 20, 2013)[6] - In southern Oklahoma City
  • Broadmoore Elementary
  • Bryant Elementary
  • Central Elementary
  • Earlywine Elementary
  • Eastlake Elementary
  • Fairview Elementary
  • Fisher Elementary
  • Heritage Trails Elementary
  • Houchin Elementary
  • Kelley Elementary (rebuilt after being destroyed by tornado on May 3, 1999)'
  • Kingsgate Elementary
  • Northmoor Elementary
  • Oakridge Elementary (Established in 2011)
  • Plaza Towers Elementary (rebuilt after being destroyed by tornado on May 20, 2013)[6]
  • Red Oak Elementary
  • Santa Fe Elementary
  • Sky Ranch Elementary
  • Sooner Elementary
  • South Lake Elementary
  • Southgate/Rippetoe Elementary (partially damaged by tornado on March 25, 2015)
  • Timber Creek Elementary
  • Wayland Bonds Elementary (Established in 2005)
  • Winding Creek Elementary

Briarwood Elementary School[edit]

The previous facility was built in 1984 by an Oklahoma City company, RGDC. It had a central building as well as separate buildings for classrooms, storage, and multipurpose functions. RGDC later experienced scandal in 1996 after issues in the construction of the Oklahoma County Jail were exposed.[7] A team from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE-SEI) examined the debris after the 2013 tornado. A civil engineer who serves as an associate professor and as the director of the Donald G. Fears Structural Engineering Lab at the University of Oklahoma, Chris Ramseyer, was one of the authors of the ASCE-SEI report. Ramseyer stated that the school had code violations and issues with its construction. Issues cited included rebar that was too short and insufficient steel in masonry walls.[7] The current building, with a cost of $12 million, opened in 2014. It has designated safe rooms so children can avoid injury during a tornado.[8] Funded by insurance coverage, it was built with a similar size as the previous building.[9]


  • Earlywine Little Learners Preschool

Alternative education[edit]

  • Vista Academy


  1. ^ "Moore Public Schools / Overview". Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  2. ^ The 2011 Elementary and 2008 Secondary attendance boundary maps, with the city limits indicated. Moore Public Schools. Retrieved on March 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Bever, Lindsey. "After Ebola scare, some cruise ship passengers kept out of Oklahoma school". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Fox, Maggie. "Ebola in America: Has the Fever Broken?". NBC News. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Moore School District | Moore, OK". Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  6. ^ a b c "Assessing the Damage Along the Tornado's Path in Oklahoma". NY Times. May 24, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Carter, M. Scott (2014-02-20). "Deathtrap: Moore tornado debris reveals construction flaws, code violations". The Journal Record. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  8. ^ Willert, Tim (2014-08-20). "New Briarwood Elementary opens after 2013 tornado leveled school in Moore district". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  9. ^ Wallace, Josh (2014-07-03). "Plaza Towers and Briarwood schools on track to open for new school year in the Moore School District". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2017-03-21. 


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