Bethany is a city in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States, and a part of theOklahoma City metropolitan area. The population was 19,051 at the 2010 census, a decline of 6.2 percent from 20,307 at the 2000 census.The community was founded in 1909 by followers of the Church of the Nazarene from Oklahoma City.
|Motto: "In God We Trust"|
Location in Oklahoma County and the state of Oklahoma.
|Coordinates: 35°30′17″N 97°38′20″W|
Bethany was founded July 28, 1909 as a community where members of the Church of the Nazarene could express their religious beliefs without interference by non-members. The area was once a grove of blackjack oak trees known as Council Grove, where American Indian tribes held war councils. The community quickly established the Oklahoma Holiness College (now Southern Nazarene University, SNU). two other institutions were soon established, the Oklahoma Orphanage (now the Children's Center, a medical facility) operated by Mattie Mallory, and the Nazarene Rescue Home for unwed mothers.
Bethany is located at (35.504607, -97.638818).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13 km2), all of it land.
Bethany School District provides educational needs to citizens within its district borders. School for Children on the campus of Calvary Church of the Nazarene, about 1 mile south of Southern Nazarene University, as well as Bethany Earl Harris Elementary are the chief educational providers for elementary-aged students. Primary school goes from pre-K - 5th grade. Bethany Middle School and Western Oaks Junior High School respond to those in 6th to 8th grade. Bethany High School, home of the Bronchos (sic), is the school for grades 9–12. Southern Nazarene University is located near the highschool and is a private college in Bethany. Bethany has one other, smaller college: Southwestern Christian University. Southern Nazarene University (SNU) is a four-year, private, Christian, liberal arts university. SNU offers adult degree completion and many masters programs including an MBA with evening classes. Southwestern Christian University is a Holiness–Pentecostal university specializing in Bible and Christian ministries. SWCU offers adult degree completion and master programs.
The superintendent for Bethany Public Schools is Kent Shellenberger.
The website for Bethany Public Schools is http://bethanyschools.com/.