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J.O. Johnson High School
6201 Pueblo Drive
Huntsville, Alabama
United States
Type Public
Motto Sum Quae Credo
("I am what I believe I am.")
Established 1972
Opened 1972-73 school year
School district Huntsville City Schools
Principal Eric T. Jones
Assistant principals Dr. Teresa Littrell McDaniel
Grades 9-12
Campus Suburban (42 acres)
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Athletics AHSAA Class 4A
Mascot Jaguars
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Newspaper Jaguar Journal
Yearbook Harmony

Coordinates: 34°47′57.4″N 86°36′33.56″W / 34.799278°N 86.6093222°W / 34.799278; -86.6093222

James Oliver Johnson High School, more commonly referred to as J.O. Johnson High School or J.O.J., is a public high school located in the northwest area of Huntsville, Alabama. The school serves grades 9 through 12. It is home to an International Education Magnet Program, and the school also features a Marine JROTC program.[1]


The school was named for former Huntsville educator James Oliver Johnson. The road actually leading to the campus, Cecil Fain Drive, is named after another long term educator. J.O.J. opened in 1972 at 6201 Pueblo Drive, Huntsville, Alabama, to ease the overcrowding of Lee High School and to meet the needs of an area of Huntsville that had just begun to grow in population. Its primary feeder schools are the Academy for Science and Foreign Language, Edward H. White Middle School, and Davis Hills Middle School.

In August 2012, the Huntsville City Schools announced plans to tear down the original two-story main high school building and replace it with a new structure combining Davis Hills Middle School, making the new Johnson High a Grades 7-12 school. The estimated cost of the new facility is $60 million. Construction is projected to be completed by 2016.

In 2013 it was announced the school would close in 2016 and a new school would replace it with a different name. The latest statement is that the Johnson name will not transfer to the new school (unlike the 4 other High Schools rebuilt over the years) A petition drive is now in place to save the school name.

The current principal is Eric T. Jones.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Journalism and Media Personalities[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Kym Richardson Thurman 1988 Newsanchor for Mobile, Alabama NBC-affiliate LOCAL 15
Harrell T. Wells 2003 Screenplay Writer and Journalist

Film, Theater, and Television[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Reginald "Reg" E. Cathey 1976 The Wire (1998), Se7en (1995), The Machinist (2004) and American Psycho (2000)
DeRon "Hollywood" Shepherd 1996 Drumline: A New Beat (2014), Faith Evans "You Get's No Love (2001), The Parkers TV Series (2001-2002)


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Sharon Johnson Coleman 1977 United States District Judge (United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois)

United States Armed Forces[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Charles Kenneth Carodine 1977 Rear Admiral United States Navy Reserve


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Bobby Cattage 1976 NBA player, Utah Jazz and New Jersey Nets
Donnie Humphrey 1979 NFL player, Green Bay Packers
Joey Kent 1992 NFL player, Tennessee Oilers/Titans, Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings
Chris Martin 1979 NFL player, New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, and Los Angeles Rams
Rashad Moore 1998 NFL player, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, New England Patriots, and Atlanta Falcons
James Willis 1990 NFL player, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Seattle Seahawks; XFL player, Birmingham Thunderbolts

Notable Faculty[edit]

Former Faculty[edit]


  1. ^ Seeley, Scott R. (August 12, 2009). "Marine JROTC leader sets winning example". Redstone Rocket. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 

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HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA -- Getting stronger was the main goal of the off season for Head Coach Jack Doss. After reaching the finals in Class 4A the past two seasons, Johnson is deep with talent...

J. O. Johnson High School, Huntsville, AL - 2011 Southern Explosion BOTB Field Show

The J.O. Johnson High School "Mighty Sounds of the South" Marching Band from Huntsville doing their field show at the 2011 Southern Explosion Battle of the Bands in Huntsville, AL.

Homecoming Parade AAMU 2013 - Jo Johnson High School Marching Band.

Video by Keshia Maddox, @ AAMU homecoming Parade 2013, downtown Huntsville....

J. O. Johnson High School Drumline snares

In Huntsville, Alabama playing a cadence...please excuse the sound, we were in a auditorium.

JO Johnson Marching Band at W.C. Handy Festival 2013

Johnson High School Band performing at W.C. Handy Festival in Florence, Alabama.

Jo johnson high school tuba section 2013

That was our first time cranking nut cracker tell me wht y'all think.

JO Johnson High School 102812

2012 Southern Regional National Championship High School BOTBs Baton Rouge, LA October 28, 2012.

J.O. Johnson High School Sousaphone Section 2013

The tuba section from JOJ high school doing fanfare call outs during the battle of the bands in DC vs Eastern Senior High School.

2013 Linebacker Antonio Terry - J.O.Johnson High School - Huntsville, AL

Video highlights of Antonio Terry Attending: Alabama A&M University Contact: terry.tonio@yahoo.com.

J.O Johnson High School Drill @ Nationals 2006

J.O Johnson High School Drill @ Nationals 2006.

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158 news items

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:54:59 -0800

He is currently coaching at J.O. Johnson High School where he has led the Jaguars to the state finals the last two years. Doss has had two games televised nationally over ESPN, his basketball character development strategies have been showcased on CBS ...


Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:45:00 -0800

... High School, Bob Jones High School, Sparkman High School, Ardmore High School, Lincoln County (TN) High School, James Clemens High School, Huntsville High School, Hazel Green High School, Lee High School and J.O. Johnson High School.

Scottsboro Daily Sentinel

Scottsboro Daily Sentinel
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:07:30 -0700

This Saturday, the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center cordially invites the public to the 84th commemoration of the modern Civil Rights Movement, arrest and trials of the nine Scottsboro Boys. The museum will also be celebrating the 5th ...
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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:18:45 -0800

J.O. Johnson High School (32-4) beat Ramsay 59-52 Saturday at the BJCC Legacy Arena to capture the Class 5A boys state basketball title. The win also gave Jaguars Coach Jack Doss the eighth state title of his prep coaching career. He is the first boys ...


Sat, 27 Dec 2014 18:34:29 -0800

Game action from the Huntsville Times Men's Classic semi-final game between Grissom High School vs J.O. Johnson High School Saturday evening, Dec. 27. (Sarah Cole/scole@al.com). Sarah Cole | scole@al.com. By Jimmy Lay | preps@al.com


Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:54:46 -0800

Justin Benson takes the ball down court during the Sparkman High School at J.O. Johnson High School boys basketball game Tuesday evening, Jan. 27. (Sarah Cole/scole@al.com). Sarah Cole | scole@al.com. By Daniel Boyette | dboyette@al.com
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:57:49 -0800

Brandon Stewart checks to see who's open during the J.O. Johnson High School at Columbia High School boys basketball game Tuesday evening, Jan. 13. (Sarah Cole/scole@al.com). Sarah Cole | scole@al.com. By Jimmy Lay | preps@al.com on January ...


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:41:15 -0700

Delonte Love runs the ball during S.R. Butler High School's homecoming game against J.O. Johnson High School Thursday evening. (Sarah Cole/scole@al.com). Sarah Cole | scole@al.com. By Carlton Rice | preps@al.com on October 30, 2014 11:14 PM, ...

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