Where and when does "Tears of a Tiger" take place?specific place

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The novel specifically takes place at Hazelwood High School. The school's mascot is a tiger; so the author, Sharon Draper, uses that word in the title for a double meaning.  A Hazelwood Tiger, Andy Jackson, mourns his actions that resulted in his friend's death; Andy is also a tiger in another sense because of the Alpha male characteristics he possesses.

The novel follows the course of most of a school year.  The first "article" is from November, and the last is from mid-May.

Draper is careful to exclude specific mentions of a state or year.  Instead, she makes the novel universal; so that teens from various states and generations can identify with the angst and real-world situations that the characters face.