Principal Message

Welcome From the Principal


Dr. Kelby Garner

Dr. Kelby Garner

Executive Principal 

On behalf of the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools district and John Overton High School (JOHS), I am proud to welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year! JOHS has ranked the most diverse school in the State of Tennessee. We celebrate the diversity of our community and truly believe all B.O.B.C.A.T.S. Belong! B.O.B.C.A.T.S. are Brave, Open-minded, Brilliant, and Confident Achievers Thriving toward Success! Our Motto is simple: “EXPECT THE BEST!

Unlike any other state school, our school offers exceptional academic and social experiences. Our beautiful 14-acre campus houses Freshman Academy and four dynamic Career Academy options for our students. Our students 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, and Interdisciplinary Research. Students also 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 every classroom and provide Bobcats with access to laptops and other online resources to support the optimal learning experience. Meanwhile, our comprehensive athletics programs, robust performing arts offerings, and extensive after-school activities and clubs balance our curriculum and give every learner a place to shine.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (615) 333-5135. Our team stands ready to assist in any way possible. If I can personally be of assistance, please email me directly. You will soon discover what makes John Overton High School one of the State’s finest educational options.