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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

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)


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. 

External links[edit]

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JOJ Marching Band Battle Mix 2013

Battle of the bands between Eastern Senior High School and J.O. Johnson High School. North vs South in a first time class for musical bragging rights.

JO Johnson High School 102812

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

Jo Johnson High School playing swang

Jo Johnson at the 3rd annual rocket city marching band exhibition.

JO Johnson Band 2013

via YouTube Capture.

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

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

Eric T. Jones, Principal on J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville, Alabama

Eric Jones addressing his faculty during Teacher In Service before the start of school,in August, 2013 tells the faculty to let go of what they cannot contro...

J. O. Johnson High School Drumline snares

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

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 B...

Jo johnson high school tuba section 2013

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

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.

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3 news items


Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:25:10 -0700

In 1980, Johnson was finishing a sparking career as a two-time scatback All-City running back at J. O. Johnson High School in northwest Huntsville. Greene was just three miles up the road, in the second year of his first of two stints as Alabama A&M's ...
The Huntsville Times - al.com (blog)
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:23:44 -0700

Chris Horn View full sizeChris Horn speaks at a rally opposing the name change for J.O. Johnson High School in October 2013. Horn has been nominated by Madison County Republicans to replace Elbert Peters in the District 53 House race. The state GOP ...
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:45:00 -0700

... we're going to have to do a good job of identifying early on. Putting those guys in positions. And then trying to work towards building a team for next fall." A&M hits the field Saturday morning at 10:00 and then Sunday at 2:00 over at J.O. Johnson ...

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