Last updated 01/06/16
in 1906, Tulsa Central High School is the oldest high school in Tulsa.
The school provided education for grades 10 through 12.
It was founded as Tulsa High School, and was located in downtown Tulsa until 1976.
first principal was Dr. Oliver Wallace
The colors for the school are crimson and cream and we were known as the Braves.
Central was at one time the second largest high school in the country.
By 1938 it had grown to its peak enrollment of 5,169 students in grades 10 through 12.
The building included:
an indoor Olympic-size
an indoor track,
an extensive art collection
a large pipe organ.
This was one year before Oklahoma was even a state in America.
It was constructed in the center of the block at 4th and Boston.
Its cost was $60,000.
As the building was no longer large enough it began to be surrounded by
small one and two room buildings.
High School was accredited, the third school in the
state to be so accredited.
Ever since that year Tulsa Central High School has been continuously accredited.
It is now only 6 years since Oklahoma became a state.
The voters of Tulsa
approved the issuance of bonds with a face value of
The purpose of the bond issue was to build a new and much larger high school at 6th and Cincinnati.
This $300,000 resulted in the school building in which we received our education.
1917 The north half of the Tulsa
The building was red brick construction.
The south half of the
that Tulsans could rightly claim that this school was the second largest high school in America.
The Manual Arts
and the shops class were moved there at that time.
1938 Tulsa Central reached its peak enrollment of more than 5,000 students.
Tulsa Central had
earned a nationwide reputation for outstanding athletic and
academic achievements and more than 44,000 students had received their diplomas here.
Some alumni of Tulsa Central
other than our own class, whom you may recognize include:
Graf Henneke, president of the University of Tulsa, 1958–1967 |
Inhofe, U.S. Senator from Oklahoma |
Metcalf, head basketball coach at Texas A&M 1963–1990 |
Robinson Risner, Vietnam War POW, double recipient of the Air Force Cross |
E. Schwab, World War II Medal of Honor winner |
Starks (basketball), NBA basketball player |
Suppes, philosopher of science |
|Billy Tubbs, college basketball coach|
|R. James Woolsey, Jr., Director of Central Intelligence, 1993–1995|
Some of Tulsa Central's more notable coaches include:
Sutton began his head coaching career at Tulsa Central, where he coached
Later he was to become one of only seven major men's college basketball coaches to have over 800 career wins.
Hudspeth coached football at Tulsa Central in 1956 when we were seniors.
Later he moved on to the college and professional ranks.
He was for eight years the head coach at Brigham Young University.
successor at Tulsa Central was Rex Peery, who later became the
Pittsburgh Panthers wrestling coach, and was also elected to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame