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National Register

Will Rogers High School on National Register of Historic Places

Will Rogers High School, established in 1939, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, "with historic significance," by the United States Department of the Interior. Betty Brown Trinka, Class of 1955, spearheaded the effort to achieve this recognition. Dedication was held on September 6, 2007, by the Class of 1955.

The Public Works Administration, a New Deal program of the 1930s, provided funds for the construction of Tulsa's Will Rogers High School. Modern in every way, the building and its experimental curriculum implemented the ideals of the progressive education movement.

Following is the application to the Interior Department, written by Cathy Ambler, Ph.D. Her article based on this nomination was published by the Oklahoma Historical Society in The Chronicles of Oklahoma and is accessible on this website.