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Tulsa civic leader and pioneer Howard Orton McClure was born in Wabash, Indiana, on December 23, 1865. In 1905 he relocated to Tulsa. He was an important figure in the expansion and improvement of Tulsa's school system and he served on the school board from 1906 to 1921, many of those years as president. He has been given credit for developing the "unit school plan," in which one-story classroom units were expanded around a city block, forming a square with the playground in the middle. This system could handle a rapidly growing population and became popular nationwide. Mr. McClure passed away in Tulsa on January 5, 1955.

McClure student body sitting on floor in gym for assembly


Larry O'Dell, "McClure, Howard Orton," The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, (accessed June 20, 2018)

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1770 E. 61st St
Tulsa, OK 74136