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About Boys Ranch Town in Edmond

by Ryan Aber Published: February 8, 2012

The Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children's Boys Ranch Town was started in Edmond in 1953 with a gift of money and land from James M. Johnson and his wife.

The ranch is on 33rd Street, just east of I-35.

Children who come to the ranch are between 7 and 15. While the average stay is 18 months, some stay until high school graduation.

Placement in the ranch is voluntary. The child's legal guardians must reside in Oklahoma and be agreeable to placement in the facility. Children must be able to interact in a positive way with the adult caregivers — a married couple serves as house parents in each of the facility's cottages — and other residents. Children also must be able to function in public school and be willing to attend a local Southern Baptist Church. Each of the cottages attends a different church in the Edmond area.

The program's goal is reunification of the boy and his family or care until he graduates from high school.

Form more information on the Boys Ranch Town and other OBHC facilities, visit

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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