Ozark School District

Ozark School District

The Ozark School District #14 is a public school district in western Arkansas serving most of northern Franklin County and a small portion of western Johnson County. The district is a member of the Western Arkansas Educational Service Cooperative, which includes districts in western Arkansas. As of 2004, the student population of the district was about 1600. The above figure was tallied before the Altus-Denning School District merged with this district the same year, making future tallies notably higher. The district, most notably the high school, is most famous for its mascot, the Hillbilly. Patrons claim that Ozark is the only district in the Union with the Hillbilly as its mascot, though both the nickname and comparable likenesses are used by other schools. However, Ozark is the only district to use the nickname and likeness together.




The district covers approximately 566.5 km² (352 mi²), including the 40.2 km² (25 mi²) served by Altus-Denning prior to merging in 2004. The area served is split into two areas. Most of the district covers the central, east-central, and most of the northeastern parts of Franklin County, and a small portion of Johnson County between the Jasper and Westside school districts. The area separated from the rest of the district by the Mulberry-Pleasant View and Huntsville districts serves the northwest part of Franklin County around the community of Fern.


As of 2004, before Altus-Denning merged with the district, the Average Daily Membership of the school district was 1600, with approximately 40-45% of students eligible for free or reduced lunches under the Federal School Lunch Program.

Administration Information
Superintendent: Jim Ford
Assistant Superintendent: Bill Gossage
Administrative Assistant: Beverly Childers
District Treasurer: Loretta Ingram
Athletic Director: Jody Jenkins
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 135 Ozark, AR 72949
Telephone: 479-667-4118


  • Ozark High School (10-12)

Principal: Jody Jenkins
Assistant Principal: John Parrish
Counselor: Cindy Hopper
Mailing Address: 1631 Hillbilly Drive Ozark, AR 72949
Telephone: 479-667-4116
Fax: 479-667-4092

  • Ozark Junior High School (8-9)

Principal: Jerrod Burns
Assistant Principal: John Parrish
Counselor: Brenda Beard
Mailing Address: 1301 Walden Drive Ozark, AR 72949
Telephone: 479-667-4747
Fax: 479-667-0898

  • Ozark Middle School (6-7)

Principal: Ron Hill
Assistant Principal: Danny Spillers
Counselor: Danny Spillers
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 339 Altus, AR 72821
Telephone: 479-468-6111 (7th grade) / 479-468-2821 (6th grade)
Fax: 479-468-2135

  • Ozark Upper Elementary School (4-5)

Principal: Shane Vincent
Assistant Principal: Lori Griffin
Counselor: Charlotte Taff
Mailing Address: 1601 Walden Drive Ozark, AR 72949
Telephone: 479-667-3464

  • Elgin B. Milton Elementary School (1-3)

Principal: Lori Griffin Assistant Principal: Lori Griffin
Mailing Address: 1601 Walden Drive Ozark, AR 72949
Telephone: 479-667-4745

  • Ozark Kindergarten School (K)

Principal: Kelly Burns
Assistant Principal: Kim Allred
Counselor: Kim Allred
Mailing Address: 700 N 12th Street Ozark, AR 72949
Telephone: 479-667-3021

Mascot and Colors

The school emblem (mascot) and colors have been shared by all schools in the district. The Hillbilly, which is almost always depicted in purple overalls and armed with a shotgun, was adopted as the school emblem in 1935. Purple and gold were adopted as the school colors the same year, replacing the red and white that had been used. The mascot and colors were similar to that of what was then the College of the Ozarks, whose mascot was the Mountaineer until the 1980s.

The original mascot was the Bulldogs until the 1930s when the school board voted to change it to the Hillbilly. In 2008, the high school baseball team tried to revive the original logo and colors, displaying the original "OHS" logo on their baseball hats which symbolizes a large "O" representing a baseball with an "H" in the middle symbolizing the seams on the baseball and then the letter "S".


The school is a member school of the Arkansas Activities Association and competes in the 4A classification and is a member of District 1 as of the 2011-2012 school year. Below are the head coaches and sponsors for the different sports and clubs which are overseen by the AAA for Ozark High School.

  • Football Head Coach: Jeremie Burns
  • Baseball Head Coach: Matt Coleman
  • Boys' Basketball Head Coach: Brad Johnson
  • Girls' Basketball Head Coach: Bret Nagel
  • Boys' Golf Head Coach: Kendra Mainer
  • Girls' Golf Head Coach: Kendra Mainer
  • Boys' Track Head Coach: Eric Capp
  • Girls' Track Head Coach: Rick Gage
  • Girls' Cross Country Head Coach: Windi Acord
  • Softball Head Coach: Windi Acord
  • Bowling Head Coach: Cliff McAnally
  • Band Director: Kevin Hume
  • Choir Director: Melinda Keeton
  • Student Council Sponsor: Francis Smith
  • Journalism Sponsor: Pam Irvin
  • Speech Sponsor: Ann Guthrie
  • Chess Sponsor: Marc Dietz
  • FBLA Sponsor: Suella Bratton
  • FFA Sponsor: Sarah Walker
  • FCCLA Sponsor: Twyla Couch
  • Beta Sponsor: Alicia Farmer
  • VICA Sponsor: Twyla Couch
  • Dance Sponsor: Donna Hillard
  • Thespian Sponsor: Melinda Keeton
  • Cheerleading Sponsor: Kristi Griffin
  • Art Sposor: Clinton King
  • Quiz Bowl Sponsor: Linda Vest


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