Robert E. Peary Elementary was named in 1965. Admiral Robert E. Peary (1856-1920) was a famous Arctic explorer and U.S. Naval officer. He is credited with leading the first expedition to reach the North Pole, on April 6, 1909. Peary joined the Navy in 1881 but used numerous leaves of absence to pursue his Arctic explorations beginning in the 1890's.
Arctic exploration in the late 1800s and early 1900s was dangerous and a test of courage and determination, which created significant admiration for explorers such as Peary.
Peary seems to embody intellectual curiosity and the adventurous spirit, both consistent with community values.
Peary Elementary School
10818 E. 17th St.
Tulsa, OK 74128