Overton High School (Memphis, Tennessee)

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Watkins Overton High School
Motto "Producing stars, in the classroom and on the stage."
Established 1959
Type Public secondary Creative and Performing Arts
Principal Mr. Brett Lawson
Students 1,486
Grades 9–12
Location Memphis, Tennessee, USA
District Shelby County Schools
Campus Urban
Colors Blue and Gray
Mascot Wolverines
Contact Phone: (901) 416-2136
Website www.overtonhs.net

Watkins Overton High School is a secondary school for the Creative and Performing Arts located in Memphis, Tennessee.

The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Memphis City Schools district.

The School was named in honor of Memphis mayor S. Watkins Overton.

School uniforms[edit]

Overton students, like all MCS students, are required to wear school uniforms. [1]

Students may wear oxford shirts, polo shirts, turtlenecks, and blouses with "Peter Pan" collars. All shirts must be white. Sweatshirts must be white, black, navy blue, tan or any other colors approved by the individual campus.

Trousers, shorts, skirts, and jumpers must be black, tan, or navy blue. Denim clothing is not allowed. All shorts and jumpers must come to knee.


Overton offers a variety of athletic clubs to both boys and girls.


Baseball, Baseball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, and Track.

Lately Overton's Track team has produced the top runners in the state.

Overtons's Baseball team has always been considered as one of the best in Memphis and Shelby County. Several athletes are now playing college ball.


Basketball,volleyball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Pom Pom, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Track.

Over the past few years Overton has produced some of the best athletes in the county.[citation needed] Those athletes include: Marcus Moody (University of Memphis),Derrick Townsel (Murray State University), Derrick Warren, Britton Wakefield (Faulkner University), D'Cory Owens (Tougaloo College), Sergio Kerusch (Western Kentuck University)and Roland Brooks.

Fine arts[edit]

Overton is nationally recognized for its fine arts program. Overton had one of the finest high school choirs in the nation under the late Ms. Lula Hedgeman. The Watkins Overton band program, which consistently wins top honors and awards is considered among the best in the nation as well. The band is the 2008 Division AAA Champions of the University of Memphis Bandmasters Championship and the 2008 Smoky Mountains Invitational Champions. The band has performed at the Midwest Clinic, the Tennessee Music Educators Association Convention, and as part of the Conn-Selmer Institute. The band program at Overton has achieved too much success to fully list, under the expert direction of former band directors T.W. Swayzee, Larry Volman, Merle Gartrell, Jerry Rains, David Ryan, Philip Hughes, Chris Piecuch, O'Neal Douglas, Andre Feagin, Raleigh Wilson, James Richens and Kyle Lee. The band is currently under band directors Chris Piecuch and Chelsea Negray.

Other aspects of the CAPA program include Creative Writing, choirs, orchestra, jazz ensembles, drama, dance, and visual arts. Students must audition to qualify for CAPA programs.

Creative Writing, run by Shannon Marszalek, frequently hosts Poetry Slams for anyone who is interested in writing of any and all sorts. The Poetry Out Loud competition was held on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Many of the Scholastic Gold Keys come from both the Creative Writing Department and the Art Department.

Notable alumni[edit]

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