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Will Rogers High School, located on 3909 E. 5th Place in Tulsa, Oklahomamarker, 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 in the 2008/09 school year, one of Roger's teachers, and English teacher named Brian Grimm was honored with the districts title of "teacher of the Year". Tulsa Public Schools has 83 schools and 3,300 teachers and staff.

The school's colors are blue & gold, their mascot is a roper and the students are known as the Ropers. The school's symbol is 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 a marvelous example of Art Deco.

The school has a small but dedicated 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 1990's and continues to this day. The foundation can be located at www.willrogersalumni.com.

Interesting fact: In the last 33 years, the school's varsity football team who does hold 4 state championship titles, has had only one winning season. In 2006 the team went 6-4, which earned it a spot in the state playoffs, though lost in the first round.

Notable alumni

  • Charles Bell , 1935 - 1995, noted artist
  • Gailard Sartain, actor and illustrator. Played Dr. Mazeppa Pompazoidi on "Dr. Mazeppa Pompazoidi's Uncanny Film Festival and Camp Meeting" and later became a regular on Hee Haw. Gailard was also featured in many hollywood movies.
  • Susan E. Hinton, novelist. Wrote The Outsiders in her sophomore year at Rogers.
  • Dave Rader NCAA college football coach. Was the coach of the University of Tulsamarker Golden Hurricane from 1988 until the year 2005. He currently serves as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for the University of Alabamamarker Crimson Tide.
  • David Gates, singer. Singer and songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the group Bread.
  • Leon Russell, musician. Occasionally referred to as "The Master of Space and Time," a title he acquired around the time of his collaborations with Joe Cocker.
  • Elvin Bishop, musician. Blues-rock guitarist best known for his hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love."
  • Anita Bryant, singer. A former Miss Oklahoma, she was famous as a television spokesperson for Florida orange juice. She spearheaded opposition to a gay rights ordinance in Florida in 1977.
  • Russell Myers, cartoonist. Created the comic strip "Broom Hilda."
  • Lee Mayberry NBA player, 1992 1st Round Draft Pick.


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