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Contributed by Joan Thurman Case lcase@manti.com

Tulsa's first public school was opened in 1885. It was located south of 4th St., between Boston & Cincinnati Ave. and operated originally as a Presbyterian Mission School charging $1 a month. In 1889 the town bought the church's "Squatter's rights" in the school property for $1,050. In 1902 title to the block where the school stood was obtained from the Creek Indians for $4226.43 under treaty provisions permitting persons not member of the tribe to acquire land within the corporate limits of municipalities.