School Details

John Overton Comp High School

4820 Franklin Rd, Nashville, TN 37220
(615) 333-5135

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1868 students 20 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Gateway/End-of-Course (GT/EOC)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. This year they introduced two new exams in algebra II and English III. Students must pass the algebra I, English II and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Davidson County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

John Overton Comp High School is a public high school in Oak Hill. The principal of John Overton Comp High School is Bill Gemmill, who can be contacted at 1,868 children attend John Overton Comp High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 65% of the 1,868 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at John Overton Comp High School is 20:1. Father Ryan High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 37% 32%
Black, non-Hispanic 25% 46%
Hispanic 25% 17%
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 4%
Asian 12% %
Multiracial 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.05% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65% 69%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I've gone here since freshman year only had an issue with a couple teachers and one principal. Overall the staff do not bother me. It's the students. They are rude disrespectful and down right mean for no reason. I hate going here. The adults really do nothing about the drama because they honestly do not care. the students need to learn to watch their mouth. With how the children are here its a dangerous school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love John Overton. My child is a Senior there this year. We have had our share of troubles but he is a typical teenager. I think the teachers and principals punish the kids for the "crime" but do not over do it. The teachers look for new ways to communicate with the kids and use social media to connect with them remind them of homework etc. The Executive Principal truly cares about the kids and it shows. Parent involvement could be better but has grown more and more over the years. Like all schools Overton is what you make of it. If you are involved with your children and their school I think you will be pleasantly surprised with Overton. The academies prepare kids for the real world and offer lots of AP courses for advanced students. Overton requires more credits to graduate than the average high school in TN meaning more classes more learning. The counselors work with kids on an individual basis and structure classes specific to their interests which continues to keep our kids engaged in learning.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school year I was a freshman at Overton. The first day I walked in to the school I noticed how old and run-down it was and how crowded it was. It's ridiculous. You can barely get to class on time. Overton is a very diverse school which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But the amount of diversity gets to be a problem regarding fights. There are fights all the time. I almost got hit walking in the hall to class. I didn't feel safe in my own school. Overall students don't care about the actual "school" part of school. The curriculum here is way too easy. Even my honors' classes weren't a challenge. I couldn't tell a difference between my standard and honors' classes. Also I've had problems with the teachers here which has never happened to me; I'm generally a good student. One teacher accused me of plagiarism in front of the whole class for no legitimate reason and another told me she didn't want me in her class next year because I wasn't "enthusiastic enough" and I "didn't care at all" about the class which was not true. Because all of this my mom said she's not letting me go here next year. I can't blame her. I wouldn't want my child going here either. This school is a joke.

  • (2 years ago)

    Horrible school!!! If you can move do it but don't put your child in this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    johs is a terrible school. They do NOT take bullying seriously. I had a child that told on a student about bullying and nothing was done & enabled the bully even more. They do not punish fairly. They don't care about the students. They don't discuss college things for seniors. They are terrible faculty!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    What can I say about John Overton High School.... It's definitely not like what it was back in the 1990's when the school was considered as a model school for Metro Public Schools. At the time the school had an excellent sports program and of coarse the famous Overton Marching Band that had won many state championships.The PTO did everything they could to support the school therefore when funding was down the parents had chipped in to help their children's school.(Not like they needed much funding back then). Therefore teachers were determined to educate the students for college preparation and for their future work. Nowadays John Overton H.S is a very diverse setting with students from all over the world and from all walks of life. What used to be a Caucasian dominated school is now one of many races etc. With the changing of demographics the once strong PTO shifted to minimal PTO involvement and with that the school required Title 1 funding. With the diversity building the atmosphere at Overton began to change and school fights began to happen more and more frequently. The teachers then had to deal with that type of behavior which caused many of them to give up..

  • (2 years ago)

    I do not like any of the public schools that are in Davidson County the teachers do not want to be there to teach. Some teachers do care but they are the minority in the schools for the most part public schools do not challenge children. The classroom ratios are to many children to one teacher therefore learning is diminished. Discipline was taken out of the school and the children do what they want with little or no punishment for their actions. Teachers are afraid of some students and no respect is had between the teacher and students.Principles and teachers will tell the parents one thing and do another.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school continues to withhold my report card for unknown reasons.It is also very crowded.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have a Junior that attends Overton. We love the school. She has been challenged academically and some of the most amazing Honors and AP teachers. Besides teaching her just the academics they teach her other life lessons as well. I appreicate the communication from Dr. Pelham. My daughter is in the band so I am at the school quite frequently. I must say I believe that I have seen him about 95% of the times that I have been there. He speaks to me every time he sees me in the halls. The guidance counselors have been very helpful and have worked with us personally on my daughter's schedule and her goals for getting into college. The opportunities for a great education are available at Overton just like any other school. The students must also take some of the responsibility for making the most of that opportunity as well.

  • (5 years ago)

    Overton is a good academic school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think Overton is above average for the Nashville area which says very little considering Davidson County Schools are probably well below national averages. My son is a Junior and the amount of interaction and feedback received from the principal is dismal. I am at the school at least once a month and I have never seen the principal visible in the open areas. My experiences with the guidance department has been favorable. I never have an issue reaching the guidance counselor or receiving feedback for important issues. The teachers are average none of them really put themselves out for the benefit of the student. For the most part this school does not have to deal with a lot of disruptive kids so I don't understand why this school is not able to do more with its resources. Maybe it has to do with the Resource Manager!

  • (7 years ago)

    Overton does not have a lot of parent or teacher support. most of the teachers are their for a pay check instead of the needs of their children. there is no parent/teacher relationship. we need a strong team of teachers parents principal and guidance counselor. some of the teachers our child have do not even show up for class they always have a substitute. Sad to say but we don't believe in our kids just going through the motion.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a student at John Overton High and it is a excellent school. It is very diverse and gives students a chance to meet new people and learn manu things from them that you normally would not have the chance to do.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have a daughter who is a Junior at Overton. She loves everything about Overton. As a Junior we are finalizing college decisions. My son will be attending next year as a Freshman. He is very excited to be attending.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have a senior currently at Overton and I must say I am disappointed with the direction the school has gone over the past several years. The school is over crowded. No one has taken the time in 4 years to discuss college with my child. I have another child who will be going into high school next year but they will not be attending Overton.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers really do care (well some of them). I love the school sprirt in the school even though we have had to wear SSA this year that has not stopped us from getting invovled in every Pep Rally and everything possible. Our new principls is also pretty amazing. He really seems to care and even though there will always be ''bad apples in the bunch'' he always has a positive attitude to make us (the ones who do follow rules and care) feel appreciated. So if your child has to go to a public school JOHS is the one !

  • (11 years ago)

    I loved this school very much. I loved being in the marching band and participating in being a wrestling cheerleader. Being in the activities at school really helped me become who I am today. Thank You John Overton for all you have helped me accomplished.

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