Permian High School

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Permian High School
Address
1800 E. 42nd Street
Odessa, TX, 79762-5800
United States
Information
TypePublic
Established1959
School districtEctor County Independent School District
PrincipalJames Ramage
Grades10–12
Enrollment3125[1] (2013)
Color(s)          Black and White
Athletics conferenceUIL Class AAAAA
MascotPanther
RivalOdessa High School
NicknameMojo
Website
 
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Permian High School
Address
1800 E. 42nd Street
Odessa, TX, 79762-5800
United States
Information
TypePublic
Established1959
School districtEctor County Independent School District
PrincipalJames Ramage
Grades10–12
Enrollment3125[1] (2013)
Color(s)          Black and White
Athletics conferenceUIL Class AAAAA
MascotPanther
RivalOdessa High School
NicknameMojo
Website

Permian High School is a public high school located in Odessa, Texas and is one of two 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.

History[edit]

Opened in 1959, Permian High is named for the Permian Basin, the geological formation which underlies Midland 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.

Athletics[edit]

Football[edit]

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 airs 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" is supposed to have originated in 1967. When a group of Permian alumni met the team in Abilene Cooper for the game between the Panthers and Cougars, they started chanting "Go Joe" for one of the Permian players. Other fans misheard this as "Mojo". The term has come to symbolize pride, spirit, hard work and all the other intangibles that go into a championship program.[2]

Permian plays its home football games at Ratliff Stadium.

Permian's arch rival is the Midland Lee Rebels.

Coaching history[edit]

YearsCoachRecordPercentageNotes
1959–1961Ted Dawson21-10-0.677Bi-District Finalist
1962–1964Jim Cashion15-15-0.500No Playoffs
1965–1970Gene Mayfield62-10-2.851State Champions and State Finalist 2x
1971–1972Gil Bartosh23-1-0.958State Champions and National Champions
1973–1985John Wilkins148-16-6.888State Champions 2x and State Finalist 4x
1986–1989Gary Gaines46-7-1.861State Champions and National Champions
1990–1993Tam Hollingshead43-4-2.898State Champions
1994–1999Randy Mayes45-25-1.641State Finalist
2000–2002T. J. Mills15-15.500No Playoffs
2003–2004Scott Smith10-10.500No Playoffs
2005–2008Darren Allman38-11.776District Champions 2x and Regional Finalists 3x
2009–2012Gary Gaines23-21.522Area finalists, Bi-District finalists x 2
2013–Blake Feldt4–6.400No Playoffs

Activities[edit]

Satin Strings[edit]

Founded by Charles Nail and currently directed by Todd Berridge, a former pupil under Nail, Satin Strings is an elite 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.[citation needed] The ensemble played for the inauguration of the governor of Chihuahua, Mexico in 1998.[citation needed] The group also performed at the 2001 and 2005 inaugurations of President George W. Bush.[citation needed] Satin Strings and director Berridge are featured on the May 4, 2013 episode of the syndicated television series Texas Country Reporter, starring Bob Phillips.[3]

Orchestra[edit]

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 nearly half a century. The Symphony Orchestra has received consecutive sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest for forty years. The Chamber String Orchestra (Satin Strings) has received sweepstakes every year since it was founded in 1988. 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).

Alumni[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ McMurray, Bill. "Mojo spirit a winner at Odessa Permian." Houston Chronicle. Saturday January 9, 1988. Section 1, Page 27. Retrieved on April 5, 2010.
  3. ^ "Lindsay Weaver, "'Texas Country Reporter' in awe of Satin Strings"". Odessa American, March 5, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Official Raymond Benson Website – Biography". Raymondbenson.com. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0120160/
  6. ^ a b [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "Congressman Mike Conaway". Conaway.house.gov. April 28, 2010. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Britt Hager". Nfl.com. February 20, 1966. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  9. ^ [3]

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Coordinates: 31°53′12″N 102°21′30″W / 31.886777°N 102.358203°W / 31.886777; -102.358203