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