John Tyler High School
|John Tyler High School|
Proud is our Pride.
|Tyler, Texas, United States|
|School district||Tyler Independent School District|
|Grades||9th – 12th|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||UIL Class 4A|
|Website||John Tyler High School Website|
John Tyler High School is a public, co-educational secondary school in Tyler, Texas. It is part of the Tyler Independent School District and serves 9th through 12th grade. The school is named after John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States.
About John Tyler High
John Tyler High School, a part of Tyler Independent School District, is located in the northwest section of Tyler, Texas. As of the 2010-2011 academic year, the school boasted an enrollment of approximately 2,047 students. John Tyler offers academic avenues through the AP program, UIL competitions, and the College and Career Center. John Tyler also carries a long history of athletic excellence in sports such as football, basketball, volleyball, and soccer.
John Tyler High School shares a long-standing crosstown rivalry in sports with Robert E. Lee High School, located in south Tyler. However in recent years, redistricting measures and changes to John Tyler's UIL classification have caused this rivalry to wane some, as the two schools face scheduling issues with one another. Until recently, both schools were classified as 5A-schools in UIL competition, but declining enrollment at John Tyler has resulted in the school being downgraded to 4A status. The annual football game between the two schools, traditionally played as the last game of the season for both teams, must now be scheduled for earlier in the season in order to comply with UIL bylaws regarding cross-divisional competition.
As of the 2006–2007 school year, the student population consisted of
- 46.0% African American
- 46.2% Hispanic
- 7.2% White (Non-Hispanic)
- 0.4% Asian/Pacific Islander
- 0.1% American Indian
John Tyler High is known for its elite football program. The J.T. Lions have won two state championships: 1973 under coach Corky Nelson, and in 1994 under coach Allen Wilson. In addition, Tyler High School's (Tyler High went on to be renamed John Tyler High) state championship in 1930 under coach George Foltz is credited to John Tyler.
The 1994 championship season featured one of the wildest games in Texas high school football history. In the regional final against Plano East (played at Texas Stadium), John Tyler had a 41–17 lead with 2:42 remaining. Plano East would score a touchdown, then recover three consecutive onside kicks and score touchdowns on each of them to take a 44–41 lead with 24 seconds remaining. However, on the ensuing kickoff, John Tyler returner Roderick Dunn ran for a touchdown to win the game 48–44. The game won the 1995 Showstopper of the Year ESPY Award.
- Gary Baxter, former NFL player
- Earl Campbell, 1977 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL Pro Bowl player
- Chris Carter, former NFL Player
- Tim Crowder, former NFL player
- Ashely Dorsey, three-time NCAA Track & Field All-American at University of Texas at Arlington
- Aqua Franklin, Lead Texas A&M Women's Basketball team as a true freshman 2004-2008, WNBA drafted 38TH pick Sacramento Monarchs, Assistant Coach at Stephen F. Austin 2010-2011, University of Kansas 2011-2012, currently at Mississippi State University.
- Daniel Hernandez, former MLS Soccer Player
- Kendall Hunter, NFL player, running back,with the San Francisco 49ers
- Gary Jones, former NFL player
- Kristee Porter, Professional Volleyball Player; Three sport athlete at UCLA; All American
- Aaron Ross, 2006 Jim Thorpe Award winner and NFL player with the New York Giants
- Quincy Stewart, former NFL player and a member of the Edmonton Eskimos team of the CFL that won the Grey Cup in 2005
- Andrew Walton, former NFL player
- Teddy Williams, four-time NCAA Track & Field All-American at the University of Texas at San Antonio. NFL player.
- Jeremy Lane, NFL player, cornerback with the Seattle Seahawks
- On September 23rd 2009 a 16 year old mentally ill high school student stabbed 52 year old music therapist Todd Henry.
- On February 14, 1981 fire destroyed nearly ninety percent of John Tyler High School's campus.
- David Thomas (November 28, 2004). "Play it again". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Archived from the original on December 12, 2004. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
- John Tyler Teacher is Fatally Stabbed | KETKnbc.com | The News Station
- Teacher dies in stabbing at John Tyler HS. | kltv.com | The News Station