Memorial High School was named as a memorial to all Tulsa students and teachers who had fought in World War I, World War II and the Korean Conflict. In 1962, Memorial High School opened at 5840 S. Hudson Ave.
The legacy of the veterans memorialized by the schools’ name reflects the values of character, equity, and excellence which are reflected in the service of our community members serving in the military.
The building was named in honor of Tulsa students and teachers who were veterans of the World Wars and the Korean War. The veterans honored by the naming of the school are admired for their courage and sacrifice on behalf of the United States. It is possible that members of the community who are pacifists and who are opposed to dedicating memorials to war or conflict would object to naming a school in this way.
Relevant Historical Context
In 1962, when the school was named, John F. Kennedy was in the second year of his presidential term, John Glenn became the first American in space and tensions between the U.S. and Soviet Union lead to the Cuban Missile Crisis in October. The struggle for civil rights was intensifying, with civil rights groups launching voter registration campaigns and opponents rioting against desegregation. It was a time of great anxiety about American identity and the role of the U.S. in the world.
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Tulsa Public Schools. (1998). Boundaries: Elementary school, Middle And High Schools Of The Tulsa Public Schools With Origin Of School Names 1997-1998. Retrieved from http://cdm15020.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16063coll1/id/8795+
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