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Booker T. Washington is a world-class high school in the heart of America. In 2009 and 2016 the school received the coveted distinction of being a Blue Ribbon School recognized by the United States government for being academically superior. Our school is ranked as one of the top high schools in the U.S.

Founded in 1913 to serve the citizens of the African-American community, Booker T. Washington was chosen in 1973 to be the vehicle for Tulsa's school desegregation program. This school was established as a magnet school and serves students from every racial, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic group in Tulsa. Booker T. Washington continues to thrive based on the twin ideals of promoting excellence and acceptance of diversity. This philosophy has resulted in our institution's recognition as one of the most successful secondary schools in the United States. Our student body boasts a nationally-ranked academic bowl team and speech and debate team, as well as championship basketball, football, soccer, swim, and volleyball teams.

We are at the forefront of academic trends as one of only two high schools in Oklahoma to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma and the only high school in Oklahoma to offer the IB Middle Years Programme. These programs attract students who thrive in an academically challenging environment. Major universities and colleges, as well as technical, business, government, art and music academies actively recruit Booker T. Washington students.


The International Baccalaureate program is different from other curricula because it:

  • encourages students to think critically and challenge assumptions
  • encourages students to consider both local and global context
  • develops multilingual students

Beyond preparing students for college-level work, the International Baccalaureate program calls for students to express themselves through writing, requires community service, and aims “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”


  • Experience a wide range of academic, elective and athletic offerings; and
  • Experience a student centered environment in which students and staff focus on building strong, life-changing relationships.
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Booker T. Washington

1514 E. Zion St.
Tulsa, OK 74106
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Phone: 918-925-1000

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Program Highlights


  • French
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • Film
  • German
  • History of Europe
  • Japanese
  • Mathematics Applications and Interpretations
  • Physics
  • Portfolio Art
  • Psychology
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Sports, Exercise & Health Science
  • Theory of Knowledge
  • World History
  • World Religions
  • Spanish


  • Academic Bowl
  • African-American Society
  • Air Force JROTC
  • Chorus
  • Drama
  • Green Team
  • Hornets Against Hunger
  • Jazz Band
  • Latin American Society
  • Men of Power
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Orchestra
  • Robotics
  • SOFA Club
  • Speech & Debate
  • Student Council
  • Student Safe Team
  • T-Connection Band
  • Teen Advisory Board
  • Women Empowered
  • Youth & Government


  • Biology
  • Calculus AB, BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sci Principles
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Econ Micro
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • French Language and Culture
  • German Language
  • History of Art
  • Human Geography
  • Music Theory
  • Physics I
  • Precalculus
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art and Drawing, 2D, 3D
  • U.S. Government and Politics
  • U.S. History
  • World History

Athletic Programs

  • Baseball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Boys Cross Country
  • Boys Golf
  • Boys Soccer
  • Boys Swimming
  • Boys Tennis
  • Boys Track
  • Cheer
  • Football
  • Girls Basketball
  • Girls Golf
  • Girls Cross Country
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Swimming
  • Girls Tennis
  • Girls Track
  • Pom
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling


  • U.S. News Top Ranked High School in Oklahoma (2023)
  • Academic Bowl 6A State Champions (2019-2021)
  • Best High Schools In America by U.S. News (2020)
  • National PTA School of Excellence program (2019-2021)
  • National Blue Ribbon School (2009; 2016)
  • Nationally Ranked Junior Varsity and Varsity Academic Bowl (2021)
  • Nationally Ranked Speech and Debate (2020-2022)
  • NSDA Team of Excellence (2020)
students hold 2019 Oklahoma State Champions Academy Bowl banner
students hold 2019 basketball state championship banner
BTW Choir members singing during 2018 graduation ceremony

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