J. J. Pearce High School

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J.J. Pearce High School
J.J. Pearce High School logo
School Founded 1968
Team Established 1984
History J.J. Pearce has the second most National championships in the country and the second most State championships in Texas.
City Richardon, Texas
Team Colors Red and Blue
Principal Karen Neal
Head Coach Mr. Matthew Fields (2016-current)

Mr. Jarred Stewart (Unknown- 2016) Dr. Carol Whatley (Unknown-Unknown) Ms. Carol Hewitt (1995-2006)

Ms. Dorcus Helmes (1982-1994)

Associate/Other Head Coach(es) Ms. Ann Bailey (Unknown-Current)

Ms. Carol Hewitt (Unknown) Ms. Susan Maute (1995-2006)

Ms. Linda Berger (1982-1994)

National Championships 5, (1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991)
State Championships 5, (1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991)
Regional/County Championships ? (Unconfirmed data)
Region/County Location Region X
Highest Finish 1st in National Finals

(1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991)

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J.J. Pearce High School[edit]

J.J. Pearce High School has one of the most consistent teams in the state of Texas. They were Texas State Champions in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, and 1991. Never having competed at Nationals and not won, 1984 ushered in the J.J. Pearce era of dominance at the USAD National competition, becoming the first and only school to win three national championships in a row with the next two victories separated by only one and two years, respectively, of close competition. With five national titles, a record never broken until El Camino Real of California 19 years later, J.J. Pearce is a name well known and respected in Academic Decathlon circles. As of 2016, their five national titles is the record for the most attained by any Texas team and ties for second-most in the entire nation.

In 2000, Varsity Jerry McMillan scored 8,499 points, at the time making him one of the top ten highest scoring varsities ever. In 2017, Mark Saving scored a 9338.3 at the state competition, winning first place overall and achieving the rank of third highest state finish in Texas of all time; at this competition, Mark was awarded a total of 7 individual medals.

J.J. Pearce's early years were overseen by the combined coaching prowess of Dorcus Helmes, affectionately nicknamed "The Dominant", and Linda Berger until 1995 when Carol "The Lady" Hewitt and Susan Maute took over coaching duties. In 2007, the team changed hands again when Carol "The Good Doctor" Whatley assumed the role of head coach with Ms. Hewitt staying on as assistant. In 2012 Dr. Whatley retired from coaching, handing off the team to Jarred Stewart, the school's AP US History teacher and Carol Hewitt continued on as assistant. In 2012, the school returned to large school status. Matt Fields took over as head coach in 2016. As a school with borderline enrollment figures, J.J. Pearce often fluctuates between the Medium and Large classifications with its coaches ensuring consistent success in both divisions.

Year Score Rank Level
2017 45,525.3 10 Large
2016 44,814.4 18 Large
2015 41,208.4 21 Large
2014 41,028.7 14 Large
2013 39,367.3 15 Large
2012 42,061 6 Medium
2011 40,679 7 Medium
2010 42,374 4 Medium
2009 39,727 10 Medium
2008 45,339 5 Medium
2007 43,766 3 Medium
2006 41,671 8 Large
2005 42,459 9 Large
2004 43,943 3 Medium
2003 45,126 2 Medium
2002 - - Medium
2001 - - Medium
2000 48,870 5 Large
1999 - 7 Large
1998 46,000 7 Large
1997 - 9 Large
1996 46,033 5 Large
1995 - - Large
1994 45,920 2 Large
1993 47,458 2 Large
1992 47,752 2 Large
1991 46,729 1 Large
1990 44,068 3 Large
1989 43,992 2 Large
1988 43,240 1 Large
1987 43,961 3 Large
1986 46,435 1 Large
1985 46,976 1 Large
1984 - 1 Large