Distinguished Highlanders

John Maher

John grew up in a large Catholic family and attended St. Dominic before starting at Oak Hills. He and his six younger siblings all graduated from Oak Hills and all seven had Mary Jervis as their guidance counselor.

John was a three-sport athlete. He was one of the first in school history to qualify for the state tournament in wrestling. John earned a varsity letter three years in track. In football, he was voted MVP his senior year by his teammates.

John credits his great coaches at Oak Hills for guiding him to set goals and continue his education. After attending Middle Tennessee State University on a football scholarship, he settled in the Nashville, Tennessee area and taught school and coached for 10 years.

After purchasing a $6.95 “how to” book, John started building his first home in 1985. A year later, he transitioned into his second career as a homebuilder/developer. He builds and lives in Williamson County which is the fastest growing and most vibrant county in Tennessee with the county’s schools ranking among the top in the nation. His company, John Maher Builders, has built thousands of homes and has land holdings suitable for thousands more. John is thrilled that his son, Jack, will join the company upon graduation in May.

John credits his company’s success to his outstanding team members, many of whom have been with him over 20 years. John and his company have won numerous awards throughout the years. The Nashville Business Journal honored him as one of the 25 people that most influences business in Williamson County. He received the 2017 Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce Community Partner Award which illustrates his commitment to and impact on the city in which he builds.

Since athletics and education played such a large role in John’s life, he has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to support charities, school projects and provide scholarships to worthy recipients. As a thank you to Oak Hills, and in recognition of his most influential, coaches, Will Rutenschroer and Frank Shaut, John donated $100,000 for the original artificial turf for the Rutenschroer/Maher Field and recently $100,000 for a future wrestling room to honor Coach Shaut.

John has been married to his college sweetheart, Margie, for over 40 years and is proud that his four children were all excellent student-athletes. Beth and Jennifer graduated from Duke as will Jack this spring. Kathleen is a Clemson graduate.

John Maher

Inducted:

2018

Graduated:

1972