John Marshall High School (Oklahoma)

John Marshall High School is a public high school in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The original location of John Marshall High School opened in 1950 at 9017 N University Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

John Marshall High School
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12201 North Portland Avenue


United States
Coordinates35°35′49.54″N 97°35′39.42″W / 35.5970944°N 97.5942833°W / 35.5970944; -97.5942833Coordinates: 35°35′49.54″N 97°35′39.42″W / 35.5970944°N 97.5942833°W / 35.5970944; -97.5942833
Opened2005 2nd Location
ClosedOriginal building/school was a All years school. Later the original building of JMHS became a 9-12 year school.[1] Currently JMHS has relocated to an entirely new campus and new building.
School districtOklahoma City Public Schools
CEEB code372670
PrincipalErica Ajayi[2]
Staff27.07 (FTE)[3]
Enrollment441 (2017-18)[3]
Student to teacher ratio16.29[3]
School color(s)Red and Blue
Team nameBears[4]

The school is named in honor of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States (1755–1835), John Marshall. John Marshall was the longest working Chief Justice in Supreme Court history. Marshall ruled the Court for thirty years and was an important part of making the American legal system. His most important addition was judicial review; the power to stop laws that violate the Constitution. Marshall has been called the one that made the judicial branch special and powerful. Marshall also balanced the power between the federal and state government. He made sure the federal law was more powerful than state law and that it agreed with an expansive reading of the enumerated powers.

The high school won the 1995 Class 5A State Championship, beating MacArthur (Lawton) High School 21-7.[5]

The new location of the school opened in 2005 at 12201 North Portland Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

John Marshall High School has gone through several phases in its history. Originally opening in far North Oklahoma City 1950, it served as a high school for The Village, Britton, Quail Creek, The Greens, Val Verde and Nichols Hills. The boundaries changed several times over the years. In 2005 the students were split between the original campus and the new campus. For one semester the Oklahoma City Public Schools changed the name of the original location to Centennial High School in an attempt to use the original location as an alternative to the closed Gateway Academy. This did not work out and the remaining students were transferred to the new location. The original location was finally fully closed in 2006.

The abandoned John Marshall and its 20 acres of land are located just blocks from the incorporated community of Nichols Hills, Oklahoma Oklahoma City's historically upscale area for large pricey homes. The school site originally reported selling for $3 million to Pastor Eddie Baker and his nonprofit Golden Hills Ranch to use as a school for at-risk children ages 10 to 18. However, that deal was never completed.[6]

In 2013, Oklahoma City developer Richard Tanenbaum of Gardener Tanenbaum Group paid the Oklahoma City School Board $400,000 for the property. Demolition of the 220,000-square-foot school began in January 2015 with Tanenbaum to build an upscale 270-unit apartment complex on the site. [7]

Notable alumniEdit

  • R. Wayne Baughman, Class of 1959, Three US Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling teams, Head Coach wrestling, US Air Force Academy for 27 years.
  • Wayne Wells Class of 1964. 1972 Olympic gold medalist in free style wrestling.
  • Jay Patrick Murray, Class of 1977. Retired United States Army Colonel. Candidate for 2012 seat of United States House of Representatives from Virginia's 8th congressional district. Ran for the same seat in 2010. John Marshall High graduate class of 1977.[8][9]
  • Tom Jacobson, Class of 1979. Drama Winner of 2011 Literary Award from PEN Center USA. John Marshall High graduate class of 1979[10]
  • Steve Pickett, Class of 1979. Recipient of Dallas Press Club Award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Recipient of Emmy Award for coverage of War in Iraq. In person reporter for the Haiti hurricane disaster and the 5-2013 Moore, OK (OKC) Tornado destruction. Distinction from Institute for Educational Inquiry-Seattle WA for coverage of Public Education. Reporter-Anchor at KTVT-TV in the N. Texas for the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Previously News Reporter at KGW-TV Portland, OR.[11]
  • Tracy Moore, Tracy Lamont Moore, Class of 1983. NBA professional basketball player. NBA Debut: January 24, 1992 with the Dallas Mavericks 1992-1993, following with the Detroit Pistons 1994, and the Houston Rockets 1996 - 1997,.[12][13]
  • Brandon Durham, Street basketball player known as "The Assassin" on the AND1 Mixtape Tour.
  • J. R. Giddens, NBA professional basketball player. Drafted in the 1st round. NBA Debut: Boston Celtics, 2009 - 2010 following with the New York Knicks, 2010.[14]
  • Antonio Smith, NFL professional football player. Drafted in 2004 - 2008. NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. NFC championship 2008. Houston Texans 2009 - Present. Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Houston Texans 2011. 2011 added to the AFC's Pro Bowl 2011,.[15][16]
  • Suhaib Webb, Contemporary Islamic scholar educated at Al-Azhar University; [17]


  1. ^ "Oklahoma City's old John Marshall High sold for $3 million". 20 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Administration / Meet the Principal". Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "JOHN MARSHALL HS". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  4. ^ "General Information / About John Marshall".
  5. ^ "THE OKLAHOMAN'S '95 ALL-STATE Football Team". 17 December 1995.
  6. ^ Megan Rolland (July 20, 2010). "Oklahoma City's old John Marshall High sold for $3 million". The Oklahoman. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "J Marshall Square,". Gardner Tantenbaum Holdings. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "About Us - Patrick Murray".
  9. ^ Jay Patrick Murray
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-13. Retrieved 2014-08-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Steve Pickett". 1 October 2010.
  12. ^ "Tracy Moore Stats -".
  13. ^ "University of Tulsa Athletics - Story Archives".
  14. ^ "J.R. Giddens Stats -".
  15. ^ Antonio Smith (defensive end)
  16. ^ "Texans C Kris Myers, DE Antonio Smith added to NFL Pro Bowl roster". ABC13 Houston.
  17. ^