BTW centennial memories

Booker T. Washington High School celebrates 100 years of greatness this fall.



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Henry C. Whitlow Jr.In 1952, Henry C. Whitlow Jr. became principal and would serve for 17 years, the second-longest tenure to date.

Equal amounts of work and play seemed to be the norm for BTW students during this era. Alumna Mary Howell (Class of 1964), a member of the BTW Centennial Committee, fondly recalls her days at the high school.

“Our big social events at that time were the sock hops at the YWCA, which was located at Pine and Peoria,” Howell says.

Just about everyone liked the music of that day and had a favorite tune. “The Twist” by Chubby Checker, “Mashed Potatoes” by Dee Dee Sharp and “Please, Mr. Postman” by the Marvellettes were a few of the more popular songs of the day.

Howell also remembers there were limits. There seemed to be a big emphasis on curfews, even on local television. One of the Tulsa TV stations would announce each evening, “It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?”

She vividly remembers the large street clock located at the corner of East Pine and North Apache streets that many BTW students would use to check the time.

In the 1960s, there was a push for students to participate in practical classes such as homemaking, laundering and vocational courses that were geared to life experiences. There were hands-on classes such as vocational auto mechanics, vocational carpentry and cabinet making.

There were also business-training classes using electric typewriters, Dictaphones, and other business and calculating machines.

Howell says her most memorable high school experience occurred during the fall of her senior year in November 1963. Like many Americans, she clearly remembers hearing the news of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

The ’60s also witnessed the rise to prominence of BTW athletics.

In 1967, the football team won the school’s first OSSAA state championship, a feat they repeated in 1968 and 1969. Those victories set the stage for BTW to excel in other sports, as well.

During the 1970s, the Hornets went on to win state titles in boy’s basketball, boys’ and girls’ track, volleyball and wrestling.

The end of that decade brought more administrative changes. In 1969, Dr. Raymond Parker succeeded Principal Whitlow. Parker was followed by Granville Smith in 1970.

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s declaration that the “separate but equal” doctrine was unconstitutional, school attendance areas in Tulsa were redrawn. When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, school integration plans took on new urgency.

Plans for integration, court rulings, appeals from court rulings, transfer policies, Tulsa School Board decisions and community meetings highlighted the late ’60s and early ’70s in north Tulsa.

According to the “Progress Report on Integration in the Tulsa Public Schools,” the Tulsa School Board was directed in February 1973 to develop a voluntary integration plan for BTW.

The community responded with offers to help. In one evening meeting, more than 200 interested Tulsans met to hammer out detailed suggestions for a plan.

Discussions continued until late March, when the school board approved a plan that would open BTW on a voluntary basis to 1,200 students — with an equal number of black and white students.

Incentives to voluntary enrollment included choosing from the most extensive electives of any high school in the city, a top-quality volunteer faculty and a teacher-pupil ratio of 1-17.

A progress report on the plan noted “the resounding success of the voluntary integration programs at Carver and Washington were listed as one of the major reasons for Tulsa’s selection as an All-American City for 1973.”

In 1973, H.J. Green became BTW principal and led the school through the integration process.

Loretta Collier was named principal in 1981, followed by James Furch, in his first stint as principal, in 1987.

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Cost: Free for Garden members & their dogs. Admission + $4 per dog for non-members.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson

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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Pain Management Class Non-medical Treatments for Pain Non-medical treatments may be used to treat chronic pain, along with pain medicines. They might also be used alone for mild pain or...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Glenpool Library
730 E. 141st Street
Glenpool, OK  74033
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Sponsor: Success Skills
Telephone: 405-401-3519
Contact Name: Ron Watkins

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34th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition—Opens on February 5th, 2019   Agora Gallery is pleased to invite artists from across the globe to enter the 34th Annual Chelsea...

Cost: $45 entry fee for up to 5 images ($5 for each additional image)

Where:
Agora Gallery
530 W 25th St.
New York, NY  10001
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Sponsor: Agora Gallery
Telephone: +1 212-226-4151
Contact Name: Carolina Carilo
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Winter's Grace Publishing, of northeast Oklahoma, is holding its inaugural Dead of Winter Flash Fiction Contest. It opened January 1 and it closes February 28. It's open to all creative writers...

Cost: $15 per story

Where:
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Sponsor: Winter's Grace Publishing
Telephone: 918-852-6311
Contact Name: C.D. Smart
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Youth members of the six area Boys & Girls Clubs compete for college scholarships in the Annual Youth of the Year competition. The winners are announced at this banquet. Volunteers making a...

Cost: $75

Where:
ORU Global Learning Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Sponsor: The Salvation Army
Telephone: 918-587-7801
Contact Name: Samantha Knappen
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Cocktails, dinner and program with live and silent auctions followed by a Casino and dancing.

Cost: $200 per person, sponsorships available

Where:
The Mayo Hotel
115 W. 5th Street
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa CASA, Inc.
Telephone: 918-584-2272
Contact Name: Paula McKay
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Dancing, cocktails, Cajun and jazz...all of the goodies that Mardi Gras has!  Come join New Hope Oklahoma in a night of Mardi Gras fun!  New Hope Oklahoma strives to end generational...

Cost: TBD

Where:
The Bond
608 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Dancing, cocktails, Cajun and jazz...all of the goodies that Mardi Gras has!  Come join New Hope Oklahoma in a night of Mardi Gras fun! New Hope Oklahoma strives to end generational incarceration,...

Cost: TBD

Where:
The Bond Event Center
608 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Cocktails, dinner and program;  silent and live auctions followed by a Casino and dancing.

Cost: $200 per person, sponsorships available

Where:
The Mayo Hotel
115 W. 5th Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa CASA, Inc.
Telephone: 918-584-2272
Contact Name: Paula McKay
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Support youth leaders emerging from Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa. Each candidate is competing for higher education scholarships. Our goal is for youth leader to be a winner and advance with...

Cost: $50 Individual Tickets and Sponsor Levels

Where:
Global Learning Center at ORU
7777 S Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Sponsor: The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa
Telephone: 918-587-7801
Contact Name: Samantha Knappen
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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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6-10:30 p.m. Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st Street. The 2019 Lunar New Year Gala at Southern Hills Country Club will be an elegant evening of candlelight, fine dining, children’s party...

Cost: $150, individual tickets; $1,000-$25,000, sponsorships.

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Dillon International
Telephone: 918-748-5613
Contact Name: Marcia Graham
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COOKING UP COMPASSION FACT SHEET ABOUT THE EVENT:  Long time donors Margo and Kent Dunbar are Honorary Chairs for the event. Now in its fourteenth year, Cooking Up Compassion raises funds for the...

Cost: $250

Where:
Tulsa Ballroom at the Cox Business Center
3rd & Houston
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74135
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Sponsor: Catholic Charities
Telephone: 918-508-7115
Contact Name: Jennifer Allen
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Winterset is an annual formal event of the Osteopathic Founders Foundation which brings together the osteopathic profession and their community partners to benefit projects which improve the health...

Cost: $300

Where:
Hyatt Regency Tulsa
100 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Osteopathic Founders Foundation
Telephone: 918-551-7300
Contact Name: Michele Caine
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Sunday in the Park with George follows painter Georges Seurat in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." Consumed...

Cost: $25.00 for adults, $22.50 for students & seniors with ID

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 E. 2nd St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: American Theatre Company
Telephone: (918) 747-9494
Contact Name: Meghan Hurley
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