John Overton High School

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John Overton High School
JOHS entrance.jpg
Address
4820 Franklin Road
Nashville, Tennessee, 37220
United States
Information
Type Comprehensive High School
Established 1958
School district Metro Nashville Public Schools
Principal Dr. Andrew Schuler Pelham
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1752 [1]
Color(s) White, red, and black               
Mascot Bobcat
Rival Antioch High
Newspaper 'The Orbit'
Yearbook 'The Overtour'
Information 615-333-5135
Website

John Overton Comprehensive High School (commonly Overton, John Overton, Johnny O or JOHS) is a public high school located in Nashville, Tennessee. It is named after prominent Judge John Overton (1766-1833), advisor to President Andrew Jackson. The school opened in September 1958 and was renovated and expanded in 1995. The school has won fourteen state championships.[2]

Academics[edit]

Overton is a school of expanding academic courses. Numerous honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered at Overton. Recent AP class offerings were available in Calculus (AB & BC), Statistics, Biology, Art History, Music Theory, English Language, English Literature, World History, US History, European History, US Government, and Macroeconomics.[1]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Overton has a number of athletic programs. Currently, there is a baseball, boy's and girl's basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, rugby, boy's and girl's soccer, softball, swimming & diving, table tennis, tennis, track, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and wrestling team.

The clubs and organizations offered consist of band, Beta Club, Business Professionals of America, cheerleading, choir, drama, FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, forensics (speech and debate), guitar, Interact Club, National Honor Society, The Overtour (yearbook), The Orbit (newspaper), orchestra, piano, Student Council, Students Taking a Right Stand (STARS), and TSA (Technology Student Association).

Band[edit]

The Awesome John Overton Band most recently won the 2008 state championship

Overton is well known in the state for its marching band. The band won the Tennessee Governor's Cup six times, in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992, and 2008.[3] At the annual Contest of Champions competition in Murfreesboro, the band had been a finalist for 26 consecutive years (1981-2006).[4] In addition, they have made numerous appearances in the finals of various Bands of America Regional competitions. The band has also performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1990), Tournament of Roses Parade (1987), Fiesta Bowl Parade (1984 and 1992), and was selected to commemorate the 60th and 65th anniversaries of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 2001 and 2006. The school has three WGI world championships, beginning when the Winter Guard won the 1994 Scholastic A World Champions and 1995 Scholastic Open World Champions while the Winter Drumline won the 1996 Scholastic Marching Percussion AA World Championship.[3] Overton was honored by the Grammy Foundation as a 1999 Grammy Signature School Gold school.[3][5] Overton was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield for outstanding marching band twice.[3][6]

Contest of Champions Marching Band Competition[7]
Year Grand Champion Reserve Grand Champion Overton Band Directors
1982 McGavock
Tennessee Governor's Cup
John Overton Rodney Webb and Jo Ann Hood
1983 John Overton
Tennessee Governor's Cup
North Hardin
Kentucky Governor's Cup
Rodney Webb and Jo Ann Hood
1984 North Hardin
Kentucky Governor's Cup
John Overton
Tennessee Governor's Cup
Jo Ann Hood and Rodney Webb
1985 John Overton
Tennessee Governor's Cup
North Hardin
Kentucky Governor's Cup
Rodney Webb and Jo Ann Hood
1986 North Hardin
Kentucky Governor's Cup
John Overton
Tennessee Governor's Cup
Jo Ann Hood and Rodney Webb
1987 McGavock
Tennessee Governor's Cup
John Overton Rodney Webb and Jo Ann Hood
1988 McGavock
Tennessee Governor's Cup
John Overton Rodney Webb and Jo Ann Hood
1992 Lafayette
Kentucky Governor's Cup
John Overton
Tennessee Governor's Cup
Jo Ann Hood and Terry Jolley
1997 McGavock
Tennessee Governor's Cup
John Overton Jo Ann Hood and David Aydelott
2000 McGavock
Tennessee Governor's Cup
John Overton Jo Ann Hood and David Aydelott
2008 John Overton
Tennessee Governor's Cup
Siegel Debbie Burton and Jo Ann Hood

Orchestra[edit]

John Overton also had its share of talent in the Orchestra as well. Keller Phillips made the All-State Orchestra in 2011, making him the first orchestra student to do so in years.

Wrestling[edit]

During the 1995-1998 time frame, the Bobcat wrestlers won the State's Traditional State Tournament twice (1996 and 1997) and finished in the top six twice (sixth in 1995 and second in 1998). Moreover, the wrestling team won the Tennessee state Dual Title in 1997 with an undefeated dual record of 29-0. They finished in the top four in each of those years in the dual tournament having placed fourth in 1995, third in 1996, champion in 1997, and third in 1998.

During this time, the Overton wrestlers had many individual state champions and All-Americans such as University of Nebraska recruit, Charles McTorry,[8][9] Eric and Derrick Jordan, Sacred Heart University's Head Coach Casey Brewster, Timothy Drinkwine, Robby Lee, William Hadden, and others. Many of these Overton graduates have gone on to pursue collegiate wrestling and coaching.

Throughout the last fifteen years, the wrestling team has been coached by Ralph Gabriel, who has taken the team to many national tournaments such as the US Open in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, the Virginia Duals in Hampton Virginia, the Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nevada. Other tournaments attended were in New Orleans, Central Square, NY, Herndon, VA; and Chattanooga, TN.

Football[edit]

Nick Coutras Stadium

The football team won the Tennessee state championship in 1981 with a record of 14-0, under the leadership of Coach Nick Coutras. The stadium, visible from Interstate 65, is named after Coach Coutras, who had a 145-36 record in his sixteen years at Overton.[10] The most recent success was in 2003 when the football team advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs before losing to nearby rival and eventual champion Hillsboro High School.

Baseball[edit]

Bobcat Baseball has one of the state's longest winning streaks at 40 baseball games, which was in route to a Tennessee state finals game in which they lost to Houston High School out of Memphis in 2005.[11] The baseball team has experienced greater success, having won the Tennessee State Baseball Championship game in 1971 and 1988.[12] The Goodpasture vs. Overton game from 1998 holds the state's record for longest game in terms of innings, at 15.[11]

Bill Tucker Field
Baseball State Championship Games[12]
Year Winning Team Losing Team Location (all in Tennessee) Class
1968 Franklin County 4 John Overton 1 Tullahoma
1971 John Overton 7 Dobyns Bennett 5 Nashville
1988 John Overton 3 Farragut 2 Greer Stadium, Nashville AAA
2005 Houston 9 John Overton 1 Memphis AAA

Basketball[edit]

The basketball team experienced their greatest success in the 1990s with players such as Georgia State University recruit Chris Gentry,[13] University of Tennessee recruit and starting point guard Brandon Wharton,[14] University of Maryland recruit Brian Watkins[15] and other players recruited by local colleges and universities. The Basketball team finished 2nd in the state tournament in 1994 losing to state powerhouse, Science Hill High School.

Tennis[edit]

The 2012 Tennis team placed 1st in singles tennis district.

Notable players

Ruth Tan, Melissa McKinney, and Benjamin Demonbreun.

The 2013 Tennis team placed 1st in District.

Notable Players

Benjamin Demonbreun, Connor Ulrey, Neal Phillips, Humberto Mojica, Onyedika Molokwu, Roland Phan, Aemron Yosuf, Ruth Tan and Melissa McKinney.

Other activities[edit]

State championships have been won in several other sports. The boys golf team won the state championship in 1977. The girls track and field team won the championship in 1985 and hold records as 400 meter relay champions for 1981, 1985, 1988 and winner of the 1600 meter relay in 1991. The boys track and field team won the championship in 1990 and hold records as mile relay champions in 1975 and winner of the 400 meter relay in 1982.[12] In forensics, the school won the Senator Karl E. Mundt Congress Trophy in the 1977 NFL National Tournament.[16]

Notable alumni[edit]

Mookie Betts, a baseball player taken in the fifth round of the 2011 draft by the Boston Red Sox,[17] listed in 2014 among the top prospects in baseball by Baseball America[18] and MLB.com.[19]

Sam Ewing, baseball player from class of 1966. He played for the Chicago White Sox (1973, 1976), Toronto Blue Jays (1977-1978), and the Japanese Nippon Ham Fighters (1979).[20]

Jeff Gooch, football player from class of 1992. He was a linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001, 2004-2005) and Detroit Lions (2002-2003). He was inducted into the Austin Peay Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.[21]

Charles Holliday, Jr., football captain from class of 1966. He is former Chairman and CEO of DuPont. He was inducted into the Metro Nashville Public Schools Hall of Fame in 2006.[22]

John Mitchell, baseball player from class of 1983. He pitched for the New York Mets (1986-1989) and Baltimore Orioles (1990). He was inducted into the Metro Nashville Public Schools Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "John Overton High School Home Page". Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  2. ^ "School Profile". Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  3. ^ a b c d "JOHS BAND HISTORY". John Overton High School Band. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  4. ^ "RESOLUTION NO. RS2007-1806". The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  5. ^ "Grammy in the Schools". Grammy Foundation. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  6. ^ "The Sudler Shield". John Philip Sousa Foundation. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  7. ^ "Honor Roll". Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  8. ^ Hunt, Jeff (2000-12-12). "Wrestling Mall Interview - Charles McTorry". The Wrestling Mall. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  9. ^ Hunt, Jeff (1999-12-27). "The 50 Greatest Tennessee Sports Figures". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  10. ^ "Nick Coutras". Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Spring 2002. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  11. ^ a b "TBR State Record Book". Tennessee Baseball Report. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  12. ^ a b c "TSSAA Records Section". Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  13. ^ "Men's Basketball". Auburn University Athletics. 1996-12-09. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  14. ^ "Men's Basketball-Scoring". The Boaters Guide to the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  15. ^ "Men's Basketball-Scoring". University of Maryland Athletics. 1997-03-16. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  16. ^ "Archived National Tournament Results". National Forensic League. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  17. ^ ""2011 Draft Draft Tracker," MLB.com. Retrieved April 30, 2014". Mlb.mlb.com. March 27, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  18. ^ ""2014 Baseball America Top 100 Prospects: The 25th Edition," ''Baseball America,'' February 20, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-29". Baseballamerica.com. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  19. ^ ""2014 Prospect Watch," MLB.com. Retrieved April 30, 2014". Mlb.mlb.com. March 27, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Ewing had major dreams". The City Paper. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  21. ^ "Jeff Gooch". Austin Peay State University. 2008-01-29. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  22. ^ "Nashville Alliance to induct four members into Hall of Fame". The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  23. ^ "2008 Inductees". Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 

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