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Turpen high?

Virginia Blue Jeans Jenner May 23rd, 2012

With Tulsa’s low test-scoring McLain High School in danger of a state takeover, the north Tulsa school needs a makeover.

There is no better person to lead that effort than McLain’s most successful graduate, Mike Turpen.

Turpen is a former Muskogee County district attorney, former state Attorney General, author and TV star with offices in OKC and Tulsa. Turpen proved his mettle as a teacher by counseling Oklahoma City high school boys to learn the words and the value of Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “If.”

Let’s rename his alma mater “Turpen High” and put the loquacious lawyer to work teaching a seminar for all freshman boys on “If.” “If you can fill the unforgiving minute / With 60 seconds’ worth of distance run / Yours is the earth and everything that’s in it / And — what is more — you’ll be a man, my son!”

—Virgina Blue Jeans Jenner, Wagoner

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