John Wade Tucker taught history in the classroom but his football teams made history in Tennessee during his 43-year career. The legendary high school coach died Sunday at the age of 80 in Jackson. When he retired in 1997, Tucker was the winningest coach in Tennessee high school history with a record of 332-132-10 at seven different schools, including Dickson High School. He still ranks second all time for wins. Tucker was inducted into the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He won two state championships with the Milan Bulldogs in 1971 with his son John Jr. as quarterback and again in 1977. The Jackson native played football at the University of Tennessee at Martin when it was still a community college, then played one year at Bethel before it disbanded its program. He began coaching in 1955 at Parsons High School in Decatur County. He went 3-5-3 at Parsons and followed that with 11-15-2 during a stint at Tiptonville. His teams went 22-26-2 at Hohenwald before “Coach John T.” finally got a winning record with a 35-12-2 run leading the Dickson High School Dragons. After leaving Dickson, Tucker began his amazing run at Milan, accumulating a 225-61-2 record over 25 years, two state championships, a runner-up finish in 1993, semifinal appearances in 1974, 1984 and 1988, and eight undefeated regular seasons. Tucker would go on to finish 4-6 in one season at Gibson County and finished his career 32-7 at Humboldt. Funeral services for Tucker will be at 11 am Wednesday at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Milan. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, who was an elementary school teacher; three sons, Dr. John Tucker Jr., Mike Tucker and Paul Bryant Tucker; a daughter, Sara Ruth Kyle; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.