What school did the greasers go to in The Outsiders?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Author S. E. Hinton never reveals the name of the school (nor the city in which the school is located, for that matter) that the Socs and greasers attend in her teen classic The Outsiders. The reader is told by Ponyboy that Cherry Valance "was a cheerleader at our school," but the name of the high school is never given in the novel. It can be assumed that it is the same one that Susan Hinton attended while she was growing up: Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She based The Outsiders on the actual rival gangs--the Socs and the Greasers--that often fought while she was a student there in the mid-1960s. She sympathized with the Greasers while she attended school, and eventually began work on her novel in 1965, telling it from the point of view the greaser, Ponyboy. Her other novels--Rumble Fish, Tex, That was Then, This is Now (which includes several characters from The Outsiders, including Ponyboy), and Taming the Star Runner--are presumably all set in the Tulsa area. Hinton later attended the University of Tulsa and still resides there.

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gmuss25 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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As was mentioned in the previous post, S.E. Hinton never reveals the location or name of the high school that the Greasers and Socs attend. There are many references to the school where the characters go but a name is never given to the high school. One can assume that the high school in the novel The Outsiders was actually Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. S. E. Hinton attended Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a teenager and was inspired to write her famous novel after witnessing the two rival gangs that went to her school. Throughout the novel, the reader learns that Ponyboy excels academically and even has the same classes as Socs. Also, Ponyboy ends up narrating the story after he is given a writing prompt in his English class. It is important to note that S. E. Hinton also does not reveal the name of the city where the story takes place, although it is assumed that the setting of the novel is in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


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ik9744 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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The name was not listed in the book.