Olympus High School

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Olympus High School
Olympus school symbol.png
The symbol of Olympus High School
4055 S. 2300 East


United States
Coordinates40°41′00″N 111°49′24″W / 40.68333°N 111.82333°W / 40.68333; -111.82333Coordinates: 40°41′00″N 111°49′24″W / 40.68333°N 111.82333°W / 40.68333; -111.82333
School typePublic high school
MottoTitan Pride
School districtGranite School District
PrincipalStephen Perschon
Enrollment1,585 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio17.8
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Green and gray          
Information(385) 646-5400

Olympus High School is a public high school in the Granite School District in Holladay, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.

The school opened on September 1, 1953, with an original enrollment of 1028 students. In the fall of 1960, the largest entering sophomore class (the graduating class of 1963) in Utah's history (an estimated 935) enrolled. Two years later the overcrowding was reduced when the new Skyline High was completed. In April 2013, the new Olympus High School building was opened for classes adjacent to the original school. The original building was torn down after 60 years of operation.[2]

Throughout its history, Olympus has been one of the leading academic public high schools in the state. In 1961 its orchestral and vocal music program was recognized as one of the nation's finest by the Ford Foundation, which funded a composer-in-residence for the school, an award shared with schools throughout the Granite School district.

Notable alumni[edit]


Historic rivalry


Considered one of the greatest rivalries in the state of Utah,[10] "the Rock" is the prized rivalry trophy between Olympus and Skyline football. It is a football-shaped piece of granite, which local lore states was taken from Mt. Olympus in 1962, prior to the first contest between the two schools. The winning school paints the Rock in their colors and displays it in their trophy case. Skyline maintains the edge, 26–23–1, but Olympus has won the Rock 7 years in a row. The two programs will have their 51st regular-season meeting in 2017.


Olympus football has an all-time record of 349–251–9. Aaron Whitehead is the head coach. Under Whitehead, the Titans have won five of the last six region championships (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016).

State success

1984 - Beat the Alta Hawks 39–13 in the state championship game. Olympus forced 11 turnovers, including a Utah State title game record 7 interceptions. Finished the season 11–2 under coach Louie Long.[11]

1997 - Finished 2nd in the state. Lost to the Timpview Thunderbirds 19–16 in the state championship game held on November 21, 1997. Finished the season 2nd in Region 5 with a 10–2 record (7–1 within the region).[12]

1998 - Beat Bonneville 35–7 to win the state championship. Avenged the previous year's loss to Timpview by beating them in the semi-finals 33–20. Finished the season with a 12–0 record under coach Mike Miller.[13]



During Matt Barnes' 20 some odd-year coaching tenure at his alma mater, the Olympus High men's basketball team has won 13 Region titles. He has the most coaching wins in the history of the school. Through the 2013–2014 season, Coach Barnes compiled a record of 300–91 (.767) for the Titans. Olympus has consistently been a contender in the Utah State 4-A Classification State Championships. Under Barnes they have appeared multiple times in the Final Four and Championship Game. Numerous players have gone on to play Division I basketball after playing under Barnes.

On March 5, 2016, in Barnes' 19th season, Olympus High men's Basketball won its first state championship.

The 2017–2018 team went 27–0, winning the state championship again.


Under Coach Barnes, Olympus basketball has become well known for their 3-point shooting and full-court defense. Olympus holds several UHSAA 3-point shooting records. The Titans hold the Utah state records for most 3-point attempts (628, 1999–2000) and makes (214, 1999–2000; 211, 1996–1997) in a single season. They also hold the state record for most 3-point field goals in a single game, hitting 19 on Feb. 1, 2000 against Woods Cross.[14]

The Titans also have Jeremy Dowdell who broke the state record for career three-pointers and Rylan Jones who broke the state record for career assists. Rylan Jones went on to play basketball at the University Of Utah, and he become the second player in Pac-12 history to score a triple double as a freshman during his 2019 freshman season.


Swimming tends to be one of the overlooked sports in high schools, but is on the rise. Coach Brad Goffe has been coaching the swim team and teaching Japanese at Olympus for 17 years. Swimming has one of the longest high school sport seasons, stretching from September to February. There is at least one girl ranked in the top 8 in 4A in every event and at least one boy in the top 10 in all but three events in 4A.[15]


The Olympus High girls' swimming team took first in the Region VI Championships in 2010. They went undefeated in the 2010–2011 season.


The girls' team also took second at 4A State in 2010. There were several first-place individual finishes by the entire team in the following events: Girls' 50 Yard Freestyle, Girls' 200 Yard Freestyle, Girls' 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, Girl's 100 Yard Backstroke, Girls' 400 Yard Freestyle Relay.[16] The girls are also looking to be the new 4A State Champions for the 2010–2011 season.


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