Permian High School
Permian High School is a public high school located in Odessa, Texas and is one of three high schools in the Ector County Independent School District. It was the subject of the book Friday Night Lights which in turn inspired a movie and TV series of the same name.
|Permian High School|
1800 E. 42nd Street
|School district||Ector County Independent School District|
|Campus type||Public School|
|Color(s)||Black and White|
|Athletics conference||UIL Class 6A|
|Rival||Odessa High School, Midland Lee High School|
|Website||Permian High School|
Opened in 1959, Permian High is named for the Permian Basin, the geological formation which underlies Midland and Odessa. The name stems from the age of the rocks in the basin where the school is located, which are from the geological period that preceded the largest mass extinction in the history of life. The Permian Basin is the source of the large oil and natural gas deposits that drive the region's economy. Permian High began adding freshmen to the campus during the 2015-2016 school year. This began creating more additions to the campus as well as a bigger influx of students.
High school football has long been extremely popular in Texas. The story of Permian High School's 1988 Permian Panthers team and its run towards the state championship was the subject of the best-selling book Friday Night Lights, published in 1990. A movie based on the book was made in 2004 and the NBC television network aired a TV series loosely based on the school and book. Roy Williams, formerly of the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, and Chicago Bears, went to school at Permian and portrayed an assistant coach for Midland Lee in the movie.
The team, whose rallying cry is "Mojo", won the Texas state championship in the 4A classification (the state's largest until 1980) in 1965 and 1972 and the 5A classification in 1980, 1984 (a co-championship with French High School, located in Beaumont, Texas the last time that a football co-championship was awarded by the UIL; it would later adopt NCAA overtime rules), 1989 and 1991. Permian was selected by National Sports News Service as the High School Football National co-Champions in 1972 and 1989.
"Mojo" supposedly originated in 1967 when a group of Permian alumni met the team in Abilene Cooper for the game between the Panthers and Cougars. Legend has it that Permian's fans began chanting "Go Joe" for one of the Permian players. Other fans misheard this as "Mojo".
Permian plays its home football games at Ratliff Stadium.
|1959–1961||Ted Dawson||20–11–0||.644||Bi–District Finalist|
|1962–1964||Jim Cashion||15–15–0||.500||No Playoffs|
|1965–1970||Gene Mayfield||62–10–2||.851||State Champions and State Finalist 2x|
|1971–1972||Gil Bartosh||23–1–0||.958||State Champions and National Champions|
|1973–1985||John Wilkins||148–16–6||.888||State Champions 2x and State Finalist 4x|
|1986–1989||Gary Gaines||46–7–1||.861||State Champions and National Champions|
|1990–1993||Tam Hollingshead||43–4–2||.898||State Champions|
|1994–1999||Randy Mayes||45–25–1||.641||State Finalist|
|2000–2002||T. J. Mills||15–15||.500||No Playoffs|
|2003–2004||Scott Smith||10–10||.500||No Playoffs|
|2005–2008||Darren Allman||38–11||.776||District Champions 2x and Regional Finalists 3x|
|2009–2012||Gary Gaines||23–21||.522||Bi–District finalists 2x and Area Finalists|
|2013–2017||Blake Feldt||38–18||.678||Area Finalists 2x, Regional Finalists, District Champions|
|2018–||Jeff Ellison||8-4||.667||Area Finalists, District Champions|
Founded by Charles Nail and currently directed by Todd Berridge, a former pupil under Nail, Satin Strings is a strolling strings ensemble of the Permian High School Orchestra. The members of the group "stroll" (carry their instruments while performing), including the cellists but not the bass players.
Satin Strings is regularly asked to play at major state and national functions. In 1994, Satin Strings played at the D-Day celebrations in Normandy, France and this performance led to an invitation to play at the 1997 inauguration of US President Bill Clinton. The ensemble played for the inauguration of the governor of Chihuahua, Mexico in 1998. The group also performed at the 2001 and 2005 inaugurations of President George W. Bush. Satin Strings and director Berridge are featured on the May 4, 2013 episode of the syndicated television series Texas Country Reporter, starring Bob Phillips.
The Permian Orchestra was founded in 1959 with the opening of Permian High School. Under the baton of J.R. McEntyre, the program quickly gained a reputation for excellence that has endured for half a century. The Symphony Orchestra has received consecutive sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest for 41 years. The Chamber String Orchestra (Satin Strings) has received sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sightreading contest for 25 years, every year since the founding of it. The Symphony, Philharmonic and Chamber String Orchestras have each achieved individual success at festivals across the nation. The groups have been named "Best in Class" and "Outstanding Orchestra" at competitions in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The Permian Symphony Orchestra has been selected as the TMEA State Honor Orchestra twice, once in 1980 and again in 1984. The orchestra program has only had five directors in its history: J.R. McEntrye (1959–72), Charles Nail (1972–88), Kathy Fishburn (1988–99), David Golden (1999–2008), and Todd Berridge (2008–present).
- Raymond Benson – Thriller novelist and author of the official James Bond novels from 1997 to 2003.
- Jim J. Bullock – Stage, television and film actor.
- Bront Bird – National Football League linebacker for the San Diego Chargers.
- Stoney Case – Former National Football League and Arena Football League quarterback.
- Mike Conaway – United States House of Representatives member from Texas's 11th congressional district.
- Britt Hager – Former National Football League linebacker.
- Daniel Ray Herrera – Major League Baseball pitcher, most recently played for the New York Mets.
- Brooks Landgraf (Class of 1999) – Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives and Odessa attorney and rancher
- Kimberly Kay Smith – Actress and model.
- Toby Stevenson (Class of 1995) – Pole vaulter, 2004 Summer Olympics Silver medalist.
- Gary Watkins (Class of 1965) – county judge, state representative, state district court judge
- Roy Williams – Former National Football League wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, and Chicago Bears.
- Kelly Wilson – Women's Professional Soccer forward currently playing for Philadelphia Independence and member of the United States women's national soccer team.
- Robert Rummel-Hudson – Author of Schuyler's Monster.
- Daryl Hunt – Played football for the Houston Oilers and was an All-American at the University of Oklahoma.
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- "Permian Orchestra-About Us". Permian Orchestra. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
- "Lindsay Weaver, "'Texas Country Reporter' in awe of Satin Strings"". Odessa American, March 5, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
- "The Official Raymond Benson Website – Biography". Raymondbenson.com. Archived from the original on November 16, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
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- "Congressman Mike Conaway". Conaway.house.gov. April 28, 2010. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
- "Britt Hager". Nfl.com. February 20, 1966. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
- "Toby Stevenson". USA Track & Field. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
- Permian High School website
- Permian High School alumni website
- Odessa Permian Sports News
- Football Booster Club website
- Soccer Boys & Girls Booster Club websites
- Volleyball Booster Club website
- Permian High School Marching Band website
- Permian High School Orchestra and Satin Strings website
- Ratliff Stadium provided by TexasBob.com