History of ARJHS
Alice Robertson Junior High School, located at Dayton and "S" Street in Muskogee, Oklahoma, was opened in September 1940. Alice Robertson Junior High School was named for the late Miss Alice M. Robertson, pioneer educator and civic leader in Oklahoma. Miss Alice was born in the Tullahassee Mission, Creek Nation, January 2, 1854, a descendant of the missionaries to the Cherokee and Creek Indians in Indian Territory. Miss Alice began her educational work in Indian Territory in 1880, was instrumental in the founding of Muyaka Mission, a school for Creek Indians. She also helped in the establishment of "Minerva Home", which eventually grew into Henry Kendal College, and after its move to Tulsa, became the University of Tulsa. In 1890, Miss Alice was appointed Supervisor of Indian Schools, and in 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Miss Alice as postmistress of the Muskogee Post Office, the first woman to receive such an appointment.On November 2, 1920, she was elected to Congress from the Second Oklahoma District and was the first woman to preside over the United States Legislature. Miss Alice was active during two wars and never lost her enthusiasm for education and service, and Alice Robertson stands as a fitting memorial to one who devoted her life efforts to education in the State of Oklahoma.