Art Deco Buildings in Tulsa

Will Rogers High School

3909 East 5th Place  (map it)

Built: 1939

Will Rogers High School

This school was designed by Leon B. Senter and Joseph R. Koberling, Jr. Typical of PWA period Art Deco, this school was featured in a Time magazine article "outlining the high school pattern of the future" in which it was called "a model progressive high school" in "one of the most progressive school systems in the study."

The elaborate buff brick school features two large towers at the front corners of a large main block of classrooms. The towers are supported by stepped pilasters with ornate details in terra cotta "capitals". Panels above the double doors feature Will Roger’s life in two phases. One depicts his cowboy days with a horse, roped steer, and the prairie, and the other his movie days with a reel camera, airplane, and polo rider. The school has an auditorium designed to serve 1,500 students.

Will Rogers High School was listed in the National Register on September 6, 2007. It was listed under National Register Criteria A and C, and its NRIS number is 07000918.


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