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History

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Built in 1938, Webster High School features 20 beautifully landscaped acres for our Webster students. Webster proudly continues to serve multiple generations of Westside families, and continues to welcome students from all over Tulsa who will be served by our highly qualified staff utilizing the latest strategies to prepare students to be college and career ready! The school is named for statesman Daniel Webster.

Who was Daniel Webster?

Daniel Webster (1872-1852) was born in Salisbury, New Hampshire. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he became an attorney in Boston. His exceptional skills as an orator earned him fame, and he is known for his strong support of the federal government and a defender of the Constitution. Webster argued a number of important cases before the Supreme Court, and he influenced Chief Justice John Marshall’s opinions, and thus ended up impacting the development of constitutional law. One of his most famous speeches was in response to Robert Hayne in 1830 where Webster eloquently defended the powers of the federal government over states’ rights. He concluded with the appeal: “Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!” The speech made him a hero of nationalists throughout the North. Webster was the leader of the Whig party, and as a United States Congressman and Senator, he advocated for stimulation of the economy through tariffs, improvement to transportation, and the establishment of a national bank. He later became Secretary of State in 1840 under President Harrison, and he is known a one of the greatest to ever hold this position. Webster died while serving as Secretary of State under President Fillmore.

Webster personally believed that slavery was morally wrong, so he did not own slaves, but the fact that he was willing to compromise his beliefs to please the southern states has infuriated many.

Webster was a successful lawyer and public servant. To do so, he would have displayed the Tulsa Public Schools’ core value of excellence.

Notable Alumni

  • Bob Balligner, Member of the Arkansas Senate, 5th District.
  • Chris Benge, Oklahoma House of Representatives
  • Dick Calmus, Major League baseball pitcher
  • Jean Maslanka Kelley, Author and business consultant, Jean Kelly Personnel
  • Carl Morton, Played in Major League Baseball as a right-handed pitcher from 1969 through 1976 for the Montreal Expos and the Atlanta Braves. Morton was named the NL Rookie of the Year in 1970 and posted a career record of 87–92 with 650 strikeouts and a 3.73 ERA in 1648.2 innings
  • Grady Peninger, First Big Ten Coach to win seven consecutive conference titles (1966-72), MSU won 1967 National Championship and placed in top five nationally on six occasions, During his tenure, Spartan wrestlers earned 10 NCAA titles, 40 Big Ten titles and garnered All-American honors 54 times, 1987 U.S. Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee
  • Loretta Radford, Assistant United States Attorney, Department of Justice
  • Patti Page (Clara Ann Fowler), Singer
  • Mitch Schauer, cartoonist/animator: creator of Nickelodeon sitcom: The Angry Beavers.
  • Emmett Hahn, Tulsa Shootout, American Sprint Car Series, and co-founder of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals
  • Major General John Admire, Rtd, His military service with the United States Marines began as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Vietnam, where he later became an Infantry Battalion Advisor to the Vietnamese Marine Corps in Vietnam. This was followed by Marine leadership in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Okinawa, Japan, and the Persian Gulf. His career included service as the Senior White House Military Aide for President and Mrs. Carter. Later he was branch chief for the Operations Directorate at the US European Command Headquarters in Germany, and Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy Joint Staff at the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C. Following his retirement as a major general, he began a career dedicated to youth education and development, community service, and continued service to his country, afterwards becoming president of the Oak Ridge Military Academy in North Carolina. Member Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame.
  • Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums at the Johns Hopkins University where he leads and coordinates the university’s entire system of libraries, directs the Sheridan Libraries, and oversees the Homewood Museum and the Evergreen Museum & Library. Prior to joining Hopkins, Tabb served at the Library of Congress for more 30 years.    
  • Stanley Hawkins,  Former City of Tulsa Fire Chief and President of International Association of Fire Chiefs.  
  • Virgil "Onions" Martin, President of the Oklahoma wrestling officials, member of the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame, Founding Director of the Northeast Oklahoma Wrestling Officials Association, Founding Director of the Webster Alumni Foundation, recognized throughout the state as a leader in athletic officiating.  
  • Darla Covey Hall,  elected in 1990 as the City of Tulsa’s first woman City Councilor.  
  • Jeannie Richardson Cue, current City of Tulsa Councilor, District 2
  • R Michelle Beale, Fulbright Fellow to Pakistan in 66-67. VP of Public Affairs for Coca Cola and Board of trustees for Coca Cola Foundation.