Booker T. Washington is a world-class high school in the heart of America. Newsweek has ranked Booker T. Washington in the top 100 high schools for the past five years, and in 2009, the school received the coveted distinction of being a Blue Ribbon School recognized by the United States government for being academically superior. 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. BTW 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 experience has enhanced our institution to be one of the most successful secondary schools in the United States. Our racially balanced student body boasts championship basketball, football, soccer and volleyball teams, as well as a nationally ranked academic bowl team, physics team, and forensics team.
Booker T. Washington is at the forefront of academic trends. Booker T. Washington was the first Tulsa Public High School to offer Advanced Placement courses and is one of only two high schools in Oklahoma to offer the International Baccalaureate Programme and IB Middle Years Programme. With the IB Diploma and APt Program, today our school attracts students who thrive in a challenging environment. For many years, major universities and colleges, as well as technical, business, art and music academies have actively recruited Booker T. Washington students. The 2003-2004 school year marked the 90th anniversary of Booker T. Washington and the dedication of a new school building. The dedication of the new building unites our past and present traditions with our bright prospect for the future as a symbol of what public education can do for our youth. The 2012-13 school year marked the 100th anniversary for Booker T. Washington High School.