Teacher/Coach 31 Years (1952 - 1978) (1983 – 1987)
Bolivar Central High School (1952 - 1954)
Haywood High School (1955 – 1970)
Old Hickory Academy (1971 – 1975)
Savannah Central (1977 – 1978)
Chester County High School (1983 – 1987)
Record: 130 – 17 – 3
10 consecutive post-season bowl games
5 undefeated seasons
6 Big Ten Conference Championships
14 Straight seasons ranked in state’s top 10
Coach Hooper’s Bolivar Central squad marked the first time in school history to show in the Top 20 poll in the state of Tennessee
During his time at Haywood, 46 players received college scholarships, 22 made the all-state team, and he coached 7 high school All-Americans
Coached in the 1969 TSSAA All-Star Football Game
His 1969 Haywood team was ranked #12 in the nation
Coach Hooper was named Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year 4 times (1957, 1964, 1968, and 1969)
On June 11, 1971, the National High School Athletic Coaches Association named him Football Coach of the Year for District 4. This district was comprised of Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana.
Inducted into the Brownsville States-Graphic Sports Hall of Fame in December 1990
Inducted into Paris-Henry County Sports Hall of Fame (Paris, TN) in May of 1995
On April 20, 1998 he was inducted into the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame
He has lectured at several clinics including the Dixie Coaching Clinic, the UT Knoxville Coaching Clinic, and the TSSAA Coaching Clinic.
In May of 1998, the Brownsville High School football stadium was renamed the “John B. Hooper Memorial Stadium” in his honor
Coach Hooper’s son, David, has coached football in Crestview, Florida; Jackson, Tennessee; Martin, Tennessee; and Jacksonville, Florida.
His son, Trell, played football at Memphis State University and then for the Miami Dolphins