J. J. Pearce High School
|J.J. Pearce High School|
|History||J.J. Pearce has the second most National championships in the country and the second most State championships in Texas.|
|Team Colors||Red and Blue|
|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)
J.J. Pearce High School
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.