Cooper Elementary School was named in 1966 after James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), when the city of Tulsa was rapidly growing. James F. Cooper was born in New Jersey in 1789 and was the descendant of James Cooper, who immigrated to the American colonies in 1679. His father, William Cooper, founded Cooperstown, New York, and also served as a U.S. Congressman. Cooper wrote his wrote his first book due to a wager with his wife. Many of his writings were inspired by his travels. His most famous novel was The Last of the Mohicans.
Cooper offered progressive ideas about racial and cultural tolerance and equality. His ideals about multiculturalism--that individuals of different racial and cultural upbringing can be allies as well as equals--mirror many of the values.
Cooper Elementary School
1808 S. 123rd E. Ave.