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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. 

External links[edit]

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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...

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 high school tuba section 2013

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

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

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

J.O Johnson High School Drill @ Nationals 2006

J.O Johnson High School Drill @ Nationals 2006.

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A brief Introduction to Lionel Deshawn Love. Lionel is a wing player for J O Johnson High School, Huntsville Alabama. Lionel's Bio show him to excel in the c...

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.

Wesley Bailey #7 QB,WR,CB J.O Johnson High School NEW football Highlights

JO Johnson High School 102812

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

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137 news items


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 p.m. ...


Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:13:48 -0700

S.R. Butler High School's celebrated homecoming during their game against J.O. Johnson High School Thursday evening. This game served as the last football game for Butler High School, drawing out several fans, family members and alumni in to honor this ...


Mon, 17 Nov 2014 04:00:00 -0800

He is currently coaching at J.O. Johnson High School where he has led the Jaguars to the state finals the past two years. Doss has coached three players who have been named Mr. Basketball in Alabama and his teams have produced more than 30 Division I ...


Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:15:55 -0700

Matthew Sauter tries to escape a Jaguar in game action between Pope John Paul II High School and J.O. Johnson High School at Louis Crews stadium at Alabama A&M Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (Eric Schultz / eschultz@al.com). Eric Schultz. By Carlton Rice ...

News Courier

News Courier
Sun, 09 Nov 2014 06:03:45 -0800

He was a former principal at J.O. Johnson High School, where he met Dennis Black. “We would always talk, and if anybody knows Dennis, he can talk,” Berry said. “And he said man, Louis, I could work with a guy like you, and I said, 'You never know ...


Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:39:30 -0700

Buckhorn quarterback Dalen Morris (12) carries the ball. Buckhorn vs. J.O. Johnson High School football at Louis Crews Stadium Thursday Sept. 25, 2014. (Bob Gathany/bgathany@al.com). Bob Gathany | bgathany@al.com. By Carlton Rice | preps@al.com
The Huntsville Times - al.com
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 09:07:30 -0700

North Huntsville.jpg The First Annual North Huntsville CommUNITY Festival will be Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at J.O. Johnson High School (Courtesy photo). HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Bring your lawn chairs and blankets out for a night of ...
Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:48:11 -0700

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Criticism from former students continues as the Huntsville school district considers the retirement of the J.O. Johnson name for the city's northwest high school. During a “Save the J.O. Johnson High School name” meeting ...

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