Thomas Jefferson (MO)

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Thomas Jefferson
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Location:
Joplin, MO
Club President None
Coaches Justin Kleinheider
State Championships 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 MSHSAA Class 1
National Championships
National Appearances 2012 HSNCT
Program Status Active
School Size 92

(MSHSAA adjusted: 125)

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, often referred to as Thomas Jefferson or TJ, is a school located in Joplin, MO. Thomas Jefferson has been the dominant team in Class 1 of MSHSAA competition for more than a decade, winning ten state titles in the last 16 years, most recently in 2017.

Conference Performance

Thomas Jefferson competes in the Ozark 7 Conference against 6 other area schools, including Purdy and McAuley Catholic. TJ has won both the regular season and conference tournament titles in the Ozark 7 every year since its inception.

State Performance

After winning its first state championship in 2002, Thomas Jefferson emerged as a dominant force in Class 1 MSHSAA competition, claiming five of the next six championships. In 2009, TJ went 1-2 at the MSHSAA State tournament, losing to Stanberry 205-190 and Tarkio 210-195, marking the first time the school had not advanced to the Class 1 playoffs since 1999.

TJ reclaimed the Class 1 title in 2013 following a 5-year drought. Thomas Jefferson successfully defended its title in 2014 by winning the Class 1 championship game in overtime after regulation ended in a 380-380 tie with Pilot Grove.

MSHSAA Class 1 State Champion
Preceded by
Year
Succeeded by
Koshkonong
2002, 2003
Mound City
Mound City
2005, 2006,
2007, 2008
Tarkio
Mound City
2013, 2014
Tuscumbia
Tuscumbia
2016, 2017
Lakeland

Other Notable Titles

In 2013, Thomas Jefferson won the Kansas state site of the National History Bowl. TJ defeated Chanute 350-90 in the semifinal and Iola 290-150 in the final to claim its first state history bowl championship.