Booker T. Washington High School
— 1913 - 1950 —
Constructed on this site in 1913, Booker T. Washington High School served as the separate school for Black students in Tulsa.
The first building was a four-room wooden frame structure. A sixteen-room brick facility with a basement replaced the original building during the winter of 1919.
BTW High School was one of the few structures to survive the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. The American Red Cross administered disaster relief from the school, which served as a safe haven for the victims of the riot.
Under the leadership of Principal Ellis Walker Woods (1913-1948), the school flourished. BTW High School has produced a significant number of scholars and citizens, who have made contributions to the state, the nation and the world. The North Central Association accredited the school in 1925-1926.
BTW High School moved to its current location, 1631 East Woodrow Place, in enlightenment and advancement continues on this historic site, now OSU-Tulsa.
[Photos of the evolution of Booker T. Washington High School]
Erected by Oklahoma Historical
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Disasters • Education • Man-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Oklahoma Historical Society series list.
Location. 36° 9.833′ N, 95° 59.311′ W. Marker is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in Tulsa County. Marker is on John Hope Franklin Boulevard east of Elgin Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa campus grounds, just north of the Bookstore. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tulsa OK 74106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mt. Zion Baptist Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Tower of Reconciliation and Healing Walkway (approx. ¼ mile away); Blue Dome District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Philtower Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); Tulsa's Oldest House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Pioneer Association Picnic Grounds 1921 Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tulsa.
Also see . . .
1. Booker T. Washington High School. (Submitted on December 14, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Booker T. Washington High School at Historic Tulsa. (Submitted on December 14, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Tulsa Race Riot. (Submitted on December 14, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 14, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 119 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 14, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.