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Memorial High School

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Posted April 28, 2014

My son graduated in 2013 from Memorial and my daughter is in the class of 2017. My son's four years saw a turnover of 3 principals and every one better than before. He had a wonderful high school experience and my daughter is also having a great experience. I am glad that my children chose to apply and got accepted to go to Memorial.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2012

I have had one child graduate from Memorial and one child there now. I have always found the office staff, administration and teachers most helpful and professional. Both of my children were in the Engineering Academy at Memorial. The AP classes have prepared both of my children for College. My oldest graduated in 4 years from OSU. Having had 18 college credits going into it thanks to Memorial's curriculum. My youngest is on the same path. Memorial is a neighborhood school where tradition of excellence continues in the classroom, as well as fine arts, athletics and clubs. You get out of High School what you put into it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

The Engineering Academy at Memorial is nationally competitive. The basketball program there is one of the most respected in the state. MHS is a safe environment that gives you a slice of the real world. Honestly, you can get what you want out of this school or where you go. It is what you make of it. I am always helped in the office; I have no complaints and all good experiences. I have had one child graduate from Memorial and one attends there now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2012

I have never been so disappointed with a school before in my life. From the time you walk through the front door till you are out, you hear vulgarities from students. The office staff treat you like you are a bother. If you need to reach someone, you can't . No one returns calls.When I pick up my child in the evenings I see so many students sneaking back onto campus. The campus police just turn the other way. (Except for one time because the boys started fighting, they had to intervene). My child tells me you can smell weed on half the students. This school is really a disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

My child goes to memorial, this is his senior year, I have been impressed with the special ed teachers, they really care for these kids and do all within their power to help them learn. Most teaching and administrative staff are easy to work with, if I have any questions or concerns I can go to almost anyone of his teachers and brainstorm possible solutions. The only negative I have to mention is that the Para' s they teamed up with my child would do his work for him instead of making him do his own work until the last few weeks of last year, they finally assigned him a para that made him do his own work and stay in class. I have hope that this year he will get better grades and get his diploma.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

When we went to enroll my niece the counsellor kept asking if we would allow them to test her for LD. She had been reading on a 12th grade level since 6th grade. I kept saying 'no.' She didn't even look at her transcript. Once we finally got her enrolled, she manipulated teachers all the time. Parent-teacher conferences were a joke. She finally got caught with pot and we pulled her out. I would never send a kid there again!


Posted August 28, 2009

I used to go there Freshman & Sophmore year and I absolutely love it!! Way more than Hale
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2008

i graduated from memorial in 2005, and at the beginning of my tenure, it was a great place, but by my senior year, there was so much bureuacracy in the school that the students had absolutely no freedom at all, and this, a place that should be preparing us for college.


Posted December 31, 2007

My daughter graduated from Memorial a few years ago and my son is a senior this year. Ms. Martin is in her second year as principal and I think she has done a super job! Both my children have scored high on standardized tests so I feel they have gotten a good education. The music department is great and the new band director has made a huge difference in the instrumental music program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2007

My daughter graduated from Memorial last year and my son is currently a sophmore. Since the new principal, Ms. Martin has assumed the helm things have really taken an up swing. She is great! I feel like if there is any problem I can go to her and get immediate action. The new band director is a huge improvement too. I see great things in this schools future. The only downside has been in the area of science and I hope that that too will be taken care of in due time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2007

My son has been a student at Memorial High School for 2 years. I have seen great improvements this year with the new principal Mrs. Martin. I believe she has my son's best interest at heart. The atmosphere within the school is a lot better than it was last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2006

Memorial high school is the worst public school I have ever been to! I would not reccomend my friends to go there!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 9, 2006

I am a fellow student and the Memorial Tai Chi club instructor at Memorial High School, Even though I am only a Freshmen I love my expereince at memorial. The teachers are nice, and the staff is great. Mr. McGinnis our principle is trying his best to make memorial a better place, I believe that High School is what you make of it. For those of you who think that memorial is a horrible school you are only looking at the negative side, try looking at the school from a possitive point of view. I hope that all parents will consider sending their students to memorial for it is truly a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2006

I am a student at Memorial High School. I have attended this school for almost four years now and it is going nowhere but downhill. The new dean, Mr. Hines, and the principal, Mr. McGinnis are two of the worst administrators I have ever come in contact with. Mr. McGinnis is extremely biased against certain sports, coaches, and teachers. He is very difficult to deal with as a student and it almost seems as if he makes things hard on purpose. Mr. Hines is the most difficult man I have ever come in contact with. He preaches respect so much and in return does nothing but disrespect the students of Memorial. I would strongly encourage all parents to re-think any decision they might have about sending their children to Memorial until a drastic change has been made.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2006

I wish that I could give a positive review of Memorial High School, but I can not. My daughter has attended memorial for 2 years and it has been the worst decision to have made as a parent. The school has drug and violence problems. The teachers are okay, but are too distracted with disciplinary action to teach. The Dean of Students this year,as well as most of the staff are extremly uncooperative with parents. The students there don't care about learning and make the whole school a very poor learning enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2005

I am a former student of Memorial High school (c/o 2004). I am very upset at the way the school is running. There are only a few good teachers left and if a student gets stuck in a class they don't like, it is almost impossible to get out. I would rate a fairness scale at a zero for atleast 40% of the teachers there. They really don't seem to care about the students at all. Most of my friends there can't wait to graduate, if they even make it that far. I did not have a good experience there, and my future children will not be attending unless drastic changes are made.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 25, 2004

My daughter has attended Memorial for the past two years and I am proud of the way the teachers and the principal are involved with the special needs kids of the school. The teaching team is WONDERFUL and the principal is extremely supportive. My son will attend this school next year and I am proud to say that this has been a wonderful educational experience for my daughter and will be most assured for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2003

I am a Tulsa Memorial Alum. (Class of 1999). I have a younger brother attending now and I am saddened by the downward spiral my school has taken since the arrival of the new principle Mr. McGuiness. He has caused every teacher who had any influence on my education to leave and has recently made a devistating decision concerning the athletic program. The positive side to this story is that the parents are very active and are taking action on this matter. Hopefully Memorial can be a school I am proud to say I attended which has not been the case for the past 2 years.


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

Grade level

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 87% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
44%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 81% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
45%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
51%
English II

The state average for English II was 91% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
82%
English III

The state average for English III was 96% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
74%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 89% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
61%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 81% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
65%
Scale: % satisfactory or better

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In 2012-2013 Oklahoma used the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests End-of-Instruction (OCCT EOI) exams to test students in high school in several subjects. The OCCT EOI is a high school graduation requirement. The OCCT EOI exams are standards-based tests, which means they measure specific skills defined for each subject by the state of Oklahoma. The goal is for all students to score at or above the satisfactory level on the test.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 37% 59%
Black 35% 9%
Hispanic 20% 14%
Native American 7% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Source: State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 180%N/A61%
Special education 222%N/A15%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 State of Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, 2012-2013

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5840 South Hudson Ave
Tulsa, OK 74135
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