Thompson School Book Depository, Inc. is a family-owned corporation
founded in Oklahoma City in 1955 by James Thompson. He started
with only five publishers and a few employees, including his son John
and wife Jan, both of whom managed the business. His younger son,
Richard Thompson took over management in 1969 when John and Jan
moved their family to Georgia. Richard ran Thompson School Book
until early 2005, when he stepped down and turned the management
over to his nephew, John Thompson II, who brought with him many
years of experience managing Distributor's International, a schoolbook
depository in Georgia.
The Thompson family strongly believes in providing the highest level of
personal and professional service to their customers. All Thompson
employees are thoroughly trained to anticipate and meet publisher and
customer needs. With the average time on the job exceeding 16 years,
our employees are knowledgeable and able to solve problems and
provide excellent customer support.
Thompson School Book Depository operates an AS400 / 9406-170
mainframe computer with a 2290 processor as well as Windows based
PC's. All programs were developed and custom written and individually
tailored to meet our facility, publisher, and customer needs.
Our main function as a textbook depository is to provide Oklahoma schools
with a central source of supply at the lowest costs and with the fastest
service possible. At the same time we also give our publishers an economical
means of both distributing their products and sustaining their business
relationships with the Oklahoma schools.
Thompson School Book Depository is conveniently located at 39 N. E. 24th
Street in mid-town Oklahoma City, and is easily accessible from all of
Oklahoma's interstate highway systems. Our facility is 10 minutes from
Will Rogers World Airport, 5 minutes from downtown Oklahoma City and
just a few minutes from the Oklahoma State Capitol and the Oklahoma
State Department of Education.
About John Thompson
John has been in and around the depository business his entire life. His family
has been in the business since founding Thompson School Book Depository 50
years ago, in 1955. John's family moved from Oklahoma in 1969 and he grew up in
Atlanta where he worked many summers at Distributor's International, a Georgia
textbook depository owned by his mother. After graduating from The University
of South Florida in Tampa, John returned to the depository in Georgia for another
12 years, where he eventually ran all operations. In 2000, the business was sold
and John continued there for a time before accepting a new opportunity with a
small publishing company. In 2005, John's uncle, Richard Thompson, retired from
his position as President of Thompson School Book and, in April of 2005, John
came full circle and returned to Oklahoma as President of Thompson School Book
Depository, the original family business.