Muskogee High School

Muskogee High School
Muskogee High School
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3200 East Shawnee
Muskogee, Oklahoma, 74403
United States
Type Co-Educational, Public, Secondary
Established August 19, 1970
School board Muskogee Board of Education
Authority OSDE
Principal Dewayne Pemberton
Enrollment 1,700
Mascot Roughers

Muskogee High School (MHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school in Muskogee, Oklahoma. MHS has a steady enrollment of 1,700 students. It is accredited by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. The school year consists of two 18-week semesters with a 7 class flexible schedule, consisting of 55 minute periods.

Muskogee High School is part of the Muskogee Independent School District No. 20 of Muskogee County, Oklahoma, more commonly known as Muskogee Public Schools (MPS). MHS telephone number: 918-684-3750.



Office Officer holder
Principal Dewayne Pemberton
12th Grade Assistant Principal Sonja Humphrey
11th Grade Assistant Principal Kevin Carey
10th Grade Assistant Principal Coach Terry Scott
9th Grade Assistant Principal Brian Doerner
12th Grade Counselor Montie Montgomery
11th Grade Counselor Anita Benson
10th Grade Counselor Beverly Harmon
9th Grade Counselor Micki Akard

School history

The Muskogee Rougher is the mascot of Muskogee High School and Muskogee Public Schools at-large.

The modern history of high school education for students in Muskogee, Oklahoma started with the birth of Muskogee High School in 1970, but the roots for the education of the young adults of this community can be traced back to before statehood.

Muskogee High School came into existence on August 19, 1970, when Central High and Manual Training High were integrated by the Muskogee Board of Education. The two previous high schools were established several years before statehood. When the first Board of Education was established in 1898, one of its initial duties was to create public schools for students of different races to replace the church schools that had missionaries as teachers. Thus creating Central High School and Manual Training High School.

Central High School’s first graduating class was in 1908. In 1909, Central High became the first school in the state to be accredited by the North Central Association.

The legend of Manual Training High School goes back 61 years prior to integration. The construction of Manual Training High started in 1909. The first class occupied the building at the corner of Altamont and Girard Streets before its completion in 1910. The first graduating class was in 1912.

The last graduating classes from both Central and Manual were in May 1970. The following fall, all high school students integrated to what we now know today as Muskogee High School. This integration in 1970 marked the end of two historical institutions but also spawned a single school to carry on the best of both traditions.

In 1925 the Central football team won another state championship and the squad was tagged with the nickname “Roughers” because many of the players performed without helmets, due to lack of funding, and for their rough play. The current Rougher mascot is a roughneck with a bulldog face symbolizing the Oklahoma oil days and the Manual High bulldog mascot. This mascot we see today was created by MHS students in the mid 1970's. Both the mascot and the term “Roughers” are copyrighted and can never be used by any other institution.

Because of the rich history and tradition, the Muskogee High School Roughers have become an icon to the Muskogee community.


Muskogee High School offers a wide-range of academic courses.

In order to graduate from MHS, a student must complete:

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4 Language Arts credits 1 Grammar and Composition, and 3 of the following: American Literature, English Literature, World Literature, Advanced English
3 Mathematics credits 1 Algebra I, and 2 of the following: Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre Calculus, Calculus, and Statistics
3 Science credits 1 Biology I, and 2 of the following: Chemistry I, Physics, Biology II, Chemistry II, Physical Science, Earth Science, Forensics, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Astronomy, Applied Physics, Principles of Technology, and qualified agricultural education courses (including but not limited to Horticulture, Plant and Soil Science, Natural Resources and Environmental Science, and Animal Science)
3 Social Studies credits 1 United States History, 1/2 or 1 United States Government, 1/2 Oklahoma History, and 1/2 to 1 of the following: World History, Geography, Economics, and Anthropology
2 Fine Arts credits 2 courses of the following: Art, Humanities, Speech and Drama, Video Production, Creative Writing, Native American History, African American History, Modern European History, Ancient Medieval History, Choir, Band, Housing and Interior Design
8 elective credits All courses at MHS

Advanced Placement Program

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program provides college-level coures to MHS student through AP courses. Through AP Exams, students have the opportunity to earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation's colleges and universities.

Concurrent Enrollment

Juniors and seniors of exceptional ability are provided with the opportunity to gain college credit while completing their high school education. School counselors must verify that prerequisites are met and that enrollment in the college course has been completed, including payment for the course(s), prior to concurrent enrollment being changed on a student's schedule.

Special Education Department

Muskogee High School provides comprehensive services to qualifying students.

Technology and Business Department

Through different programs at MHS students are allowed to incorporate work experience into their academic plans. The DECA program allows students to attends MHS half the day and maintain a job the other half. Students interested in technical and career-specific skills to prepare for such careers as automotive, child care, computers, construction, cosmetology, industrial technology, health care, and landscape may enroll in programs at the Muskogee Indian Capital Technology Center, affiliated with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.



The Muskogee High School Roughers football team has become more and more successful in recent years. Now guided by New Head Coach Josh Blankenship, the Roughers hope to finish better than the 2010 regular season that fell below 500, but with new guidance they look forward to 2011. They excited about the leadership and knowledge the youthful coach Blankenship will brings to the field.

State Championships: 1910 - 1914 - 1919 - 1920 - 1923 - 1925 - 1935 - 1940 - 1947 - 1948 -1949 1950 - 1951 - 1986.

Student Clubs and Organizations

  • The Chieftain (MHS yearbook)
  • The Scout (MHS newspaper)
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Republicans
  • Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC)
  • All School Musical
  • Academic Pursuit Team
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Nutrition Advisory Council

Notable alumni


Fight song

On! Muskogee. On! Muskogee
Break right through the line.
Throw the ball, and get that first down.
Touchdowns sure are fine! Fine, Fine fine!
On! Muskogee. On! Muskogee
Fight for Rougher fame.
Fight Roughers, fight! fight! fight!
To win this game. Hey!

The book, Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945 was published in November 2006. It was written by Evan Thomas, editor of Newsweek. The book details Muskogee graduate, Commander Ernest Evans, in one of the last great battles of the Pacific Theater in 1944. Mr. Thomas visited the library media center at Muskogee High School as part of his research for this book.[1]


External links

Coordinates: 35°46′12″N 95°19′43″W / 35.770015°N 95.328673°W / 35.770015; -95.328673

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