Norman High School

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Norman High School
911 W. Main Street
Norman, Oklahoma, 73069
United States
Type Co-Educational, Public, Secondary
Motto Norman High School expects excellence, responsibility, and respect among all members of the learning community.
Established 1891
Authority OSDE
Principal Dr. Scott Beck
Faculty 127
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,918
Student to teacher ratio 1:18
Athletics conference OSSAA Class 6A-Division I District 1
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheer, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Pom, Softball, Soccer, Sports Medicine, Swimming, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
Mascot Tigers[1] Panthera tigris -Castellar Zoo, Spain-8a.png
Average ACT scores 23.3
Newspaper The Tiger Tribune
Yearbook The Trail

Norman High School is a four-year public high school in Norman, Oklahoma with a steady enrollment of 1,945 students. It is accredited by North Central Association, the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The school year consists of two 15-week semesters with a 6 class flexible schedule, consisting of 52 minute periods. Norman High School is part of the Norman Independent School District No. 29 of Cleveland County, Oklahoma, more commonly known as Norman Public Schools (NPS). Norman High was ranked as one of the top 1,400 high schools in the United States in 2009.[2] In 2014 the school allegedly mishandled a rape investigation.[3][4][5]


Norman High School's history began in 1890 with the construction of the township's first high school, located at what was then the west side of the city. The institution enjoyed the honor of being the only educational facility in Norman, tutoring students from elementary through high school. In the early 1900s, the original high school building burned down following an attempt to condemn the school. After the fire, there were no official high school buildings for 15–19 years. During this time, students were taught in homes, businesses, churches and other facilities. The second structure to house Norman High was located off of Porter Avenue and later would become Central Mid-High, and later Longfellow Middle School. This was the high school of Norman for the next 22 years until the current building was built in 1954.

It is alleged that the school mishandled a rape investigation in 2014, and that the victims were hounded out of the school after being verbally taunted, and in one case physically assaulted. The school expelled the alleged rapist.[3][4][5]


Curriculum highlights include:


Students interested in technical and career-specific skills to prepare for such careers as automotive, child care, computers, construction, cosmetology, industrial technology, health care, and landscape may have Dual Enrollment in one- or two-year programs at Moore Norman Technology Center, affiliated with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. Bus transportation is provided in both the morning and afternoon.

Dual Enrollment[edit]

Juniors and seniors may take courses at many local colleges and universities, including the University of Oklahoma, Rose State College, and Oklahoma City Community College.


Norman High's student newspaper, TigersTalk, was renamed The Tiger Tribune in 2006. Since 2006, The Tiger Tribune has received multiple state awards. In 2009, The Tiger Tribune was awarded the OIPA Sweepstakes award, the highest honor awarded for high school newspapers in Oklahoma. Media students study broadcasting through the production of programs for the local Public-access television channel 18.


Yearbook students produce The Trail yearbook, which has also received some state and national awards.

″The Norman High School Trail yearbook placed in the top three Division 1 yearbooks in the state at Oklahoma Scholastic Media’s Fall Media Monday at the University of Oklahoma on Nov. 4, 2013. Norman High's Yearbook Adviser, Heather Howard, was also named Yearbook Adviser of the Year. The staff of the NHS Trail won 11 first place awards, five third place awards and five honorable mentions in division 1.″ – The Tribune[6]

At the National Scholastic Press Association Conference in Boston, the 2012-2013 Edition of THE TRAIL won first place in the Best in Show competition for yearbooks that are 275- 324 pages.[7]

Special Education[edit]

Norman Public Schools provides comprehensive services to many qualifying students. NHS Special Education services have won many state awards.

Fine & Performing Arts[edit]

Norman High offers a wide array of courses allowing for an in-depth exploration of the arts, including drawing and painting, photography, debate, acting, music, and modern dance.


The music department encompasses the marching band, two concert bands (Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band), two concert orchestras (Symphonic and Philharmonia), and several choirs. The Symphonic Orchestra has been one of the top orchestras in Oklahoma since the 1970s, receiving the state Sweepstakes award almost every year. To receive the Sweepstakes award, an orchestra must receive Superior (I) ratings at the state string orchestra and full orchestra contests, and have a certain combination of solos and ensembles receive Superior (I) ratings at the state solo and ensemble contest.

Alternative Education[edit]

An alternative high school program offers a different approach to learning with a nontraditional curriculum in a more structured environment.

Guidance and Counseling[edit]

A team of five counselors provides support and services to students in areas including course placement, personal adjustment, and college and career counseling. The counselors offer students the opportunity to individualize their education plans to better suit their needs starting next school year as part of the IEP (Individual Education Plan) program.

Advanced Course Offerings[edit]

Norman High provides students with Advanced Placement (AP) coursework in a variety of subjects including Computer Programming, Psychology, Studio Art, English Literature & Composition, English Language & Composition, United States History, European History, Government, Human Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Physics C, Calculus AB and BC, and Spanish.

Also available are the two-year, mentored AEGIS English and AEGIS Math programs. Students can apply at the end of their sophomore year, and 20-25 students are selected for each program.

Graduation Requirements[edit]

  • English - 4 units
  • Math - 3 units (Algebra II or greater)
  • Science - 3 units
  • World History - 1 unit
  • U.S. History - 1 unit
  • U.S. Government - 1/2 unit
  • Oklahoma History - 1/2 unit
  • Electives - 8 units
  • Fine Arts - 2 unit

Total - 23 units


Norman High School has a rich tradition in athletics, having won a state championship in women's basketball in 2005, men's basketball in 1963, women's soccer in 2005, football in 1992, baseball in 1995, girls' basketball in 1995, and boys' cross country in 2011. Notable athletic Retired NFL Kicker Scott Blanton (Redskins, Miami, Denver, Tampa, Rams)lumni are former NFL linebacker Tyrell Peters (Ravens),(Lions) Wide receiver Ryan Broyles former college football All-American defensive back J.T. Thatcher (Oklahoma), quarterback Zac Taylor (Nebraska), running back Mossis Madu (Oklahoma), and quarterback Press Taylor (Marshall)


Mission Statement[edit]

Civitas, Literae, Virtus.[1]

Student organizations[edit]

Norman High has many student organizations, including:

  • Academic Team
  • Art Club
  • Asian Cultural Club
  • Bike Club
  • Black Student Association
  • Botball
  • Call of Duty Club!
  • Cookies and Books
  • DECA
  • Food Club
  • French Club
  • Global Awareness Club
  • Gay–straight alliance
  • Invisible Children
  • Knitting Club
  • Latin Club
  • Tiger Tribune
  • Psychology Club
  • S.W.A.T (Students Working Against Tobacco)
  • Spanish Club
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Libertarians
  • Young Republicans
  • Young Socialists


The Tiger Tribune, the monthly student newspaper, won the OSM/OIPA All-Oklahoman award in 2008, 2009 and 2010. At the 2010 OSM/OIPA Spring Media Monday the newspaper won the All-Oklahoman award. In 2009 the newspaper won the coveted OSM/OIPA Sweepstakes award, the highest award given by OSM/OIPA. Along with the Sweepstakes and the All-Oklahoman awards, the newspaper won the Spirit Award at the annual Spring Media Monday of 2009.

The Norman High Botball team did very well at the Oklahoma Botball Regional competition (which includes teams from multiple states) from 2002–2007, including placing first in the region for several years, including 2006 and 2007, as well as winning two national championships in 2005 and 2006.

The speech and debate team lost its first state championship in speech and debate in 1998. It then won the state championship in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2006. They also regularly send teams of four to five students to the National Debate Tournament held in June by the National Forensic League, sending a record 14 students in the summer of 2006. The Tiger squad recently won back the state championship for the 2008 season.

Norman High has produced numerous National Merit Scholars and Presidential Scholars.

In 1989 Norman High School was awarded the Oklahoma Blue Ribbon award of excellence.

NHS Fight Song[edit]

Fight on, Norman High!
And to your school be true!
Lift up your head with pride
In all you say and do.
Fight on, Norman High!
We'll always do our best.
We are the orange and black
of N! H! S! [8]

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Jimmy McNatt, '36, All-American for OU, played in first-ever NCAA Final Four in 1939, starred for AAU's Phillips 66ers in the 1940s
  • Kellen McCoy, '05, All-American for Weber State, professional in Europe





  • Lucy H. Koh, '86, United States District judge, first District Court Judge of Korean descent in the United States.



  1. ^ a b "Student Handbook 2008-2009, page 1" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  2. ^ "The complete list of the 1,500 top U.S. high schools". Newsweek. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  3. ^ a b Merlan, Anna. "Why Were Three Teenage Rape Victims Bullied Out of School in Oklahoma?". jezebel. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Shlonsky, Brian. "Norman High suspends student after rape allegations emerge". koco. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Pound, Jesse. "Norman High students to protest school's treatment of alleged sexual assault victims Monday". Oklahoma Daily. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
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  8. ^ "Student Handbook 2008-2009, page 2" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-06-24. 

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Coordinates: 35°13′06″N 97°27′22″W / 35.218429°N 97.456177°W / 35.218429; -97.456177