John Overton High School

Academics, Arts and Athletics

Academics, Arts and Athletics

At a Glance

  • Serves grades 9-12
  • Overton Cluster
  • Not Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Does not offer before or aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Dr. Jill Pittman   Principal

Dr. Jill Pittman

At Overton we are more than just a school; we are a family. It's not just a place to teach and learn, it's a place to build relationships, to build character, to build a bright future. With 1,900+ students from countries all over the world speaking over 46 languages, we are proud to be called Tennessee’s most linguistically and ethnically diverse high school.

We recognize that teenagers do not have all the answers to life's hard questions, but we give you our pledge that we will guide them developmentally, academically and socially so that no matter where they go after high school, they will leave us with a strong set of skills that will serve them well into the future.

If you are looking for an educational setting that provides a safe but spirited environment, a place that values diverse perspectives, and one that embraces parent and community involvement, you have found it at JOHS.


Contact Information

4820 Franklin Road
Nashville, TN 37220 (map)

Office: 615-333-5135
Phone: 615-333-5135

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Executive Principal: Dr. Jill Pittman
Academy of Interdisciplinary Research (AIR) Principal: James Stephens III
AIR Counselor: Steve Van Driest
Academy of Engineering (ENG) Principal: Kevin Aigbe
ENG Counselor: Verena Owsley
Freshman Academy (FA) Interim Principal: Dr. Tamla Gordon
Freshman Academy Counselor: Kristie Hutchinson
Health Sciences (HS) Academy Principal: Nikki Miller-Licht
HS Counselor: Amber Nelson
Informational Technology (IT) Academy Principal: Jacob Vaughn
IT Counselor: Elizabeth McClurg
International Student Counselor: Antonio Lopez
Dean of Students: Tocara Cecil and Kim Gaines
Instruction Principal: Matthew Earls
Academy Coach: Rebecca Farrow
Family Engagement Specialist: Dr. Emily Workman
School Board Representative: Rachael Anne Elrod



Cambridge Application

Cambridge Application Link

Advancement via Individual Determination

AVID Information

Interdisciplinary Science & Reasearch (ISR) Program

ISR Application


School Description

John Overton High School has completed a three-year multi-million renovation that upgraded nearly every inch of our 14-acre campus, including the creation of a spacious new cafeteria, a new library, installation of new teacher and student furniture, a secure entry vestibule, new bus drop off, expanded parking, new community meeting room, improved office space, enhanced theater and band areas, new restrooms, and updated athletic facilities. All of this supports comprehensive programs designed to develop graduates who are ready for college, careers and life.

Our international student body gains practical advantages through career and technical studies, while developing thinking skills required for success in completing Tennessee’s rigorous diploma project requirements. Support and challenge for every academic readiness level is provided, including extensive English language learners programs, competitive advanced academics, extensive elective offerings, ACT/SAT test preparation and specialized tutoring. 

Throughout high school, our students are given opportunities to work with our business partners to gain real-world experiences as part of our Nationally Accredited Career Academy programs, including
Information Technology, Engineering, Health Science, Music Performance and Event Marketing. Students participate in job shadows, internships and experiential learning activities as they prepare to earn professional certifications that can count toward college credit. 

As a Cambridge School, JOHS offers coursework that sets the global standard for international education and earned college credit. Combined with AP, Dual Enrollment and Vanderbilt Science, advanced academics abounds. We also offer access to technology in most every classroom and provide Bobcats with access to online resources that support learning. Meanwhile, our comprehensive athletics programs, powerful performing arts offerings, and extensive after-school activities and clubs balance our curriculum and give every learner a place to shine. 

School Hours

7:05 a.m. - 2:05 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

Overton adheres to an alternating A-Day/B-Day block schedule, with all students having four 90-minute classes daily, for a total of eight courses taken per semester. There is a 30-minute lunch period and adequate passing time between classes. 


School Details & Links


Overton does not enforce Standard School Attire or a Dress Code. Students may wear any color or style of dress that is modest, free of offensive language and symbols, and of proper fit. Hats are not allowed. School administrators shall have the final say regarding the appropriateness of any student's attire.


  • John Overton PTO
    Presidents: Terri Watson

  • School newspaper and Associated Press media outlet: The Bobcat Beat

  • Parent-led booster clubs and school support organizations

  • Translators and interpreters on staff

  • Restorative Justice programs

  • Social workers and cluster support teams

  • Adult English Language classes


  • Baseball

  • Basketball

  • Bowling

  • Boys' Soccer

  • Cheerleading / Dance

  • Cross Country

  • Football

  • Girls' Soccer

  • Girls' Softball

  • Girls' Volleyball

  • Golf

  • Lacrosse

  • Tennis

  • Track and Field

  • Wrestling

Extracurricular activities:

  • ACE Mentors (Architecture, Construction, Engineering)

  • American Red Cross Club

  • Anime Club

  • Beta Club

  • Cyber Security Club

  • Dance Team

  • DECA (business and marketing)

  • Escalera

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

  • HOSA-Future Health Professionals

  • Interact Club

  • JOHS Book Club

  • Journeys

  • Marching Band

  • Model United Nations (MUN)

  • National FFA Organization

  • National Honor Society

  • Orchestra

  • Science Olympiad Team

  • Students4Equity

  • Student Council

  • Technology Student Association

  • Vex Robotics

  • YMCA Latino Achievers

  • Youth Court

Academy of Engineering

  • Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

  • Metro Water

  • Adventure Science Center

  • Vanderbilt School of Engineering

  • Trevecca Nazarene University Urban Farm

  • Metro Planning

  • Lee Company

  • American Builders Contractors

Academy of Health Sciences

  • Major Family Chiropractic

  • Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy

  • Tristar Southern Hills Medical Center

  • Bethany Health and Rehabilitation

  • Walgreens

  • TCAT

Academy of Information Technology

  • Deloitte

  • Jackson National

  • Nashville Technology Council

  • Trevecca Nazarene University Department of Information Technology

  • Trinisys

  • Tractor Supply Company

  • HCA IT&S

  • Nashville Software School

  • Network Solutions Group

  • Computer Pros

Academy of Event Management and Music Performance

  • Compass Rose

  • Nashville Symphony

  • Trevecca Nazarene University Department of Music

  • Stewart Transportation

  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center

  • Rocketown