Northwest Classen High School

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Northwest Classen High School
2801 Northwest 27th Street

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United States
Coordinates35°29′54″N 97°33′48″W / 35.4983919°N 97.5633735°W / 35.4983919; -97.5633735Coordinates: 35°29′54″N 97°33′48″W / 35.4983919°N 97.5633735°W / 35.4983919; -97.5633735[1]
MottoYou-Knighted by Pride and Loyalty[4]
EstablishedSeptember 2, 1955; 66 years ago (1955-09-02)
School districtOklahoma City Public Schools
PrincipalJahree Herzer
Teaching staff73.90 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment1,177 (2018-19)[2]
Student to teacher ratio15.93[2]
Colour(s)  Purple
SportsBaseball • basketball • cheerleading • cross country • football • soccer • softball • tennis • track and field • volleyball • wrestling
(Knight of the Round Table)
Team nameKnights
NewspaperThe Shield
Last updated: March 28, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-03-28)

Northwest Classen High School is a public high school serving students in grades 9–12 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Northwest Classen High School was built in 1955 to accommodate the growing population in the northwest corridor of Oklahoma City. Along with Classen School of Advanced Studies, it was named for Anton H. Classen, an early Oklahoma City real estate developer and philanthropist.[5][6]

As the neighborhoods around Northwest Classen have changed, so has the cultural makeup of the campus. Initially an almost all-Caucasian school, the population has gradually become more multi-cultural. Today, the enrollment in the school is predominantly Hispanic with about 1/2 as many African-American and 1/4 Caucasian students with almost 100 different races and cultures represented.[2]

Hudson Performance Hall[edit]

The original auditorium was, along with the rest of the school, targeted for upgrades and renovation as part of Oklahoma City's "MAPS for Kids" program in 2010. Alumni J. Clifford Hudson (a local businessman) and his wife Leslie, who had met in that auditorium, donated $500,000 in additional funds to install updated sound and lighting technology, improve the acoustics and update the audience area for the site. Now named the "Hudson Performance Hall", the venue has held concerts by notable acts such as Vince Gill (also an alumni), Al Yankovic, Arlo Guthrie, and Sinbad.[7]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Northwest fields teams in Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association-sanctioned competition in baseball, fast-pitch softball, football, cheerleading, cross country, volleyball, basketball, tennis, wrestling, golf, soccer, and track.[8]

Northwest is host to an active JROTC (Army) program. Clubs include a chess club, multicultural club, history club, native-American student services club, Anime club, and a dance team.

Notable alumni[edit]

Order of the Round Table Hall of Fame[edit]

In 2018, the Friends of NWC High School Foundation instituted a Hall of Fame with annual inductions.[15]

  • James R Daniel (class of 1958, inducted 2018) - Vice Chairman, BancFirst Corporation
  • Dayna Davis Savage (Class of 1957, inducted 2018) - Leader, The Gathering Place, a memory care ministry in Houston, Texas
  • Cliff Hudson (Class of 1973, inducted 2018) - Chairman, Sonic Corporation; Chairman, Oklahoma City School Board (2001-2008)
  • Ron Norick (Class of 1959, inducted 2018) - Mayor, Oklahoma City (1987-1998)
  • Vince Gill (Class of 1975, inducted 2018) - Recording artist

2019 Inductees were:

  • Skip Bayless (Class of 1970) - Sports columnist and television personality
  • John D. (Denny) Carreker (Class of 1960) - Entrepreneur, Chairman and CEO of Carreker Corporation
  • Jerry C. Elliott (Class of 1961) - Physicist and engineer. Recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in the recovery of the Apollo 13 astronauts.
  • Lynne Hardin (Class of 1964) - Author of The Magic of Why and former Chair of the Oklahoma City Public School Board.
  • Mason Williams (Class of 1956) - Musician, composer, comedian, comedy writer. Winner of both Grammy and Emmy awards.


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