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School History

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 first year book cover, titled The Patriot.
Hale's 1st yearbook cover, 1960 



Notable Graduates

  • 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
School picture of Hale graduate Gary Busey.
Gary Busey playing football
As a Hale Ranger



Statue of Nathan Hale.

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.

Picture of Nathan Hale Floor Mosaic which includes a picture of Nathan Hale in the center of the emblem.

Nathan Hale emblem