Marshall T. Moore Elementary opened in the fall of 2000. It was named for one of the district's first Board members who were instrumental in consolidating four small, rural districts into what is now Union. The school was built on land which was originally part of the Moore farm.
About Marshall T. Moore
Mr. Moore moved to this area of 71st and Garnett in 1903 with his parents from Missouri. The Moore’s purchased their farm, which now Marshall T. Moore Elementary is a part of, from a Creek Indian by the name of Hattie Childers, from her original allotment.
Mr. Moore married Amy Lytle in 1910. Amy Lytle’s father farmed land in the 71st and Sheridan area, also part of the current Union School District. Mr. Moore farmed his land continuously, but in 1917 was an U.S. Marshall for the Alcohol, Tax and Firearm Division until 1928. From 1928 until his death he continued his farming as well as in the production of natural gas wells.
It was Mr. Moore, along with his father-in-law, brother-in-law, and a cousin, who worked within the four “one room” schools of this area to form Union Consolidated Schools. Mr. Moore was a member of the first school board, of which had his father-in-law as its first board president.
Mr. Moore had seven children, all of which attended Union Schools from 1st-12th grades. Those children and their dates of graduation are as follows: Ted and Betty, 1982; John, 1935; Hele, 1941; Mary Gene, 1944; Ruth Ann, 1946; and Neil, 1949. Neil still lives on the original homestead - west across the creek from the concrete plant on 71st , west of 129th E. Ave.
Marshall Moore was a member of the Union School Board from 1918 to 1933. He worked very hard to convince the patrons of those four small schools that is would be in their best interest to consolidate into one school system. He had the foresight to envision that the opportunities for the students of this area would be greatly enhanced from this “union”.
Becky King was named principal of Moore Elementary in 2021. She was named Rosa Parks assistant principal in 2019, after serving as an administrative intern at Rosa Parks Elementary in 2018.
King holds a master’s of science degree in educational leadership studies from Oklahoma State University and bachelor’s of science degrees in elementary education and deaf education from the University of Tulsa. She also obtained her National Board Certification as a middle childhood generalist in 2003 and again in 2013.
Prior to joining Union, King worked for Broken Arrow Public Schools for 15 years as a classroom teacher and enrichment resource specialist, serving as their district teacher of the year, 2016-2017. King also worked for Tulsa Public Schools for eight years.