At Nathan Hale, we take pride in creating experiences for students through which each student who walks in our doors can find a niche, a school support system, and a purpose. We value and celebrate both the individuality of each student while approaching our work together with a team mindset, accepting each other and pushing each other to strive for greatness each day.
We focus on graduating students who are ready to serve our community through continued education, the workforce, or public service, and as a Tulsa Beyond school, we are redesigning how high school looks, sounds, and feels to keep students engaged in their college and career pathway planning.
Nathan Hale High School is the first school in the state of Oklahoma to put together a comprehensive immersive learning environment. Our library is equipped with virtual reality learning tools and completed Fab Lab that includes laser cutter and 3D printers.
Beginning in Fall 2021, Nathan Hale High School will offer hands on learning opportunities for students interested in any aspect of the construction business. In partnership with the Home Builders Association, Hale High School will equip students to enter the "real world" and provide construction opportunities at Tulsa Tech, local internship, and full-time job placements.
Nathan Hale High School offers one of the best ROTC programs in the state. In this program, students will represent the best of Hale High School, participate in marching and drills, and go through rigorous leadership development.
Our students are given a hands-on opportunity to learn industry standards for food preparation, business efficiencies, menu planning, inventory control, management, and safety and sanitation, as well as basic cooking and food preparation. We are the only high school in the state of Oklahoma with a working restaurant affiliated with our culinary arts program.
AT HALE HIGH SCHOOL, STUDENTS CAN:
- Experience a wide range of academic, elective and athletic offerings;
- Participate in the culinary arts program and gain real-life skills to work in the hospitality industry; and
- Experience a student-centered environment in which students and staff focus on building strong, life-changing relationships.
- Adulting 101
- Graphic Media
- Hale Beyond
- Internships and Career Planning
- Virtual Reality/Immersive Learning Lab
Extra-curricular activities or clubs
- Academic Bowl
- City Year Tutoring
- Math, Science, English Tutoring
- National Honor Society
- Post-Secondary Mentoring
- SAT/ACT Prep
- Speech and Debate
- STEM Programming
- Boys Cross Country
- Boys Basketball
- Boys Track
- Boys Soccer
- Girls Cross Country
- Girls Basketball
- Girls Track
- Girls Soccer
Nathan Hale High School opened in 1959 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1958, the Apache Drive-In cinema opened and the Gilcrease Foundation conveyed the Gilcrease Museum to the city. Two years later in 1960, Saint Francis Hospital opened.
In 2009, Nathan Hale began a program which today offers digital media and culinary magnet programs.
The success of Nathan's Cafe (established 2010) from the culinary magnet program continues to this day. The restaurant is open to the public once a week.
Hale's 1st yearbook cover, 1960
- Erika Anderson: actress, model
- Mikey Burnett: professional mixed martial arts fighter
- Gary Busey: actor
- Ray Murphy, Jr.: college wrestler for Oklahoma State and 1989 Handicapped Person of the Year
- Gerry Pirtle: former major league baseball pitcher
- Mary Kay Place: actress, singer, director and screen writer
Gary Busey playing football
As a Hale Ranger
Nathan Hale (June 6, 1755- September 22, 1776) was an American spy during the American Revolutionary War for the Continental Army. He was elected first lieutenant within five months.
Under General Washington, he was the only soldier to volunteer to go behind enemy lines to determine the location of the British invasion on the island of Manhattan.
He was captured and executed by the British while on the intelligence gathering mission in New York City. Prior to his hanging, his composure and patriotism were noted. It is believed that he uttered the following famous phrase before his death.
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
In 1985, he was officially designated the state hero of Connecticut.
- Dr. Sheila Riley, Principal
- Jackie Tolbert, Assistant Principal
- Chad Beesley, Assistant Principal
- Gina Cook, Assistant Principal
Dr. Sheila Riley received her master's degree in teaching and her doctorate in educational leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. She worked for Metro Nashville Public Schools for three years and Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools for two years before moving back to Tulsa to serve as principal for Eugene Field Elementary in 2012. She now serves as principal of Nathan Hale High School.
Jacqueline (Jackie) Tolbert is a native Tulsan. She is the 9th child out of 11 children. She is a graduate of Booker T. Washington class of 1979.
Her undergraduate degree is from Langston University with a major in Mathematics.
She spent seven years in management at Memorex-Telex a former Tulsa based company prior to working as a Middle School Mathematics Teacher with Tulsa Public Schools.
She returned back to college earning her certification in Secondary Mathematics from NSU. After being in the classroom and experiencing great success she decided to attend graduate school at NSU where she received her Master’s in Educational Administration in 1998.
Jackie has served as an assistant principal for 17 years. She believes that with hard-work, teamwork, and perseverance, we can touch each student in a special way. Her goal is to assist students with excelling and exceeding their academic potential to its fullest.
Jackie and her husband Vearl have two sons (ages 36 and 30) who are BTW graduates. Her family is actively involved in community life; also several of her siblings are instructors with Tulsa Public Schools.
Chad Beesley is a Tulsa Public Schools graduate from Daniel Webster High School. His professional career started with TPS in 2002 as a support employee. The following year, he started his teaching career at Whitney Middle School. Mr. Beesley served as a teacher and athletic coach for ten years. In 2013, he transitioned into school leadership, and currently is an Assistant Principal at Nathan Hale High School. Outside of the school setting, Mr. Beesley enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his wife and daughters. Above all things, he believes that relationships are the key in connecting people and work together.
Gina Cook is a dedicated educator with a commitment to equity, student growth, and academic excellence. She is an East Central alumna who went on to earn her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Northeastern State University and her masters in educational leadership from the University of Oklahoma. She spent seventeen years in the classroom teaching math and reading before becoming the academic coordinator for mathematics for Tulsa Public Schools. She also served as director of teacher development, director of professional learning and director of math, science, and STEAM prior to joining Nathan Hale High School as assistant principal.