John Overton High School
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
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.
4820 Franklin Road
Nashville, TN 37220 (map)
Office: 615-333-5135 x3002
For records requests, scan and email requests to Kristie.Noland@mnps.org.
General incoming fax documents should be scanned and emailed to Perishan.Hussein@mnps.org
Executive Principal: Dr. Jill Pittman
Event Marketing and Music Performance (EMMP) Principal: James Stephens III
EMMP Guidance Counselor: Steve VanDriest
Engineering (ENG) Principal: Dr. Chirelle Lakine
ENG Guidance Counselor: Verena Owsley
Freshman Academy (FA) Principal: Kevin Aigbe
FA Guidance Counselor: Katrinna Collins
Health Sciences (HS) Academy Principal: Nikki Miller-Licht
HS Guidance Counselor: Amber Nelson
Informational Technology (IT) Academy Principal: Jacob Vaughn
IT Guidance Counselor: Elizabeth McClurg
Dean of Students: Dr. Tamla Gordon, Tocara Cecil, Kim Gaines
Instruction Principal: Matthew Earls
Academy Coach: Rebecca Farrow
Family Engagement Specialist: Dr. Emily Workman
School Board Representative: Rachael Anne Elrod
John Overton High School is currently undergoing a two-year, $40-million renovation that will upgrade 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.
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
Cheerleading / Dance
Track and Field
ACE Mentors (Architecture, Construction, Engineering)
American Red Cross Club
Cyber Security Club
DECA (business and marketing)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
HOSA-Future Health Professionals
JOHS Book Club
Model United Nations (MUN)
National FFA Organization
National Honor Society
Science Olympiad Team
Technology Student Association
YMCA Latino Achievers
Academy of Engineering
Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
Adventure Science Center
Vanderbilt School of Engineering
Trevecca Nazarene University Urban Farm
American Builders Contractors
Academy of Health Sciences
Major Family Chiropractic
Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy
Tristar Southern Hills Medical Center
Bethany Health and Rehabilitation
Academy of Information Technology
Nashville Technology Council
Trevecca Nazarene University Department of Information Technology
Tractor Supply Company
Nashville Software School
Network Solutions Group
Academy of Event Management and Music Performance
Trevecca Nazarene University Department of Music
Tennessee Performing Arts Center