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J.O. Johnson High School
6201 Pueblo Drive
Huntsville, Alabama, Madison, 35810
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 5A
Sports Basketball, Football, Cheer, Dance, Soccer, Baseball, Softball, and Volleyball
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) The school name will be changed to Mae Jemison High School and for the middle school that will share the campus, Mae Jemison Junior High School. These school names are named after the NASA Astronaut Mae Jemison who was born in the Madison County area.

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


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Janet Emerson Bashen 1975 Inventor of LinkLine (Inventor)

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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575 news items

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:48:07 -0800

Ford led J.O. Johnson High School to the Alabama High School championship game three months before he was fired. "The Board did not internally or externally advertise, post or give notice that [Ford's] position as head basketball coach was vacant and ...
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:07:15 -0800

Ford led J.O. Johnson High School to the Alabama High School championship game three months before he was fired. "The Board did not internally or externally advertise, post or give notice that [Ford's] position as head basketball coach was vacant and ...


Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:32:43 -0700

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Alabama High School Athletic Association says J.O. Johnson High School is eliminated from the playoffs and must forfeit four wins after determining a player was ineligible to compete on this year's team. This is a blow to Johnson ...


Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:23:20 -0700

After the Alabama High School Athletic Association forced the team to forfeit four wins over an ineligible player, it was disqualified from the playoffs. But that player's family and the community are fighting back to reverse the decision. A friend of ...


Thu, 06 Aug 2015 14:32:19 -0700

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The actions of one inspired teacher at J.O. Johnson High School brought excitement and free backpacks to the entire student body on Thursday. Johnson High School Teacher Nicole Franklin submitted an application to Teach for ...


Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:41:15 -0800

Justin Hopkins, a 6-foot-4 guard from J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville, officially signed his national letter-of-intent to play at Samford University on Thursday. Hopkins was recently named a 3-star athlete by Future150.com and tabbed the third ...

Arab Tribune

Arab Tribune
Sun, 01 Nov 2015 17:50:02 -0800

Football is finished at J.O. Johnson High School, and this little bit of history is going to make some of you feel a little old. I actually remember attending a home game that Arab played against Johnson back in the 1970s. I thought it was while in ...


Fri, 22 May 2015 15:41:10 -0700

J.O. Johnson High School held it's 2015 graduation Friday afternoon, May 22nd at the Von Braun Center Propst Arena. 136 graduates received their diplomas from principal Eric Jones and students earned a total of 2.5 million dollars in scholarships ...

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