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J.O. Johnson High School
Address
6201 Pueblo Drive
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Information
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
Website

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]

History[edit]

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)

Law[edit]

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

Athletics[edit]

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]

References[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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5 news items

 
Times Daily
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:52:21 -0700

This year's Street Strut hosted many annual participants, such as the JO Johnson High School marching band, from Huntsville. “These young people come every year and just add such spirit and life,” Woods said. “They're a great addition to this strut ...
 
courierjournal
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:48:45 -0700

Bands participating in the parade include the Sheffield High School “Sound of the Shoals” Marching Band, the Bay City Brass Band from Mobile, and The J.O. Johnson High School Band from Huntsville. The event is sponsored by Senator Tammy Irons, ...
 
Madison Record
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:33:45 -0700

Petty's coached his first championship team in 1987 with Huntsville's J.O. Johnson High School, his first high school coaching gig after leading Davis Mills Middle School from 1972-80. He then coached at nearby Hazel Green High School from 1991-97 ...
 
The Birmingham News - al.com
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:46:26 -0700

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is obviously familiar with Cathey's depiction of Hayes as well, nominating the Huntsville native and J.O. Johnson High School grad for a 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in Drama.
 
myFanbase.de
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0700

Cathey verbrachte den größten Teil seiner Kindheit in Deutschland, bevor er mit seiner Familie zurück in die USA kehrte und an der J.O. Johnson High School seinen Abschluss machte. Schon damals zeichnte ihn seine tiefe Stimme aus, sodass er heute ...
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