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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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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 ...


Mon, 18 May 2015 03:28:16 -0700

It's expected to open fall 2016. That's when JO Johnson high school will close. To celebrate the school, principals and staff members from each high school will formally welcome students to their new high school Monday during a bridging ceremony that ...


Mon, 11 May 2015 03:50:05 -0700

This is just north of Winchester Road, near J.O. Johnson High School. Police say the aunt is in the process of trying to adopt the child, and was granted an in-house visit with Giovanni for the weekend. Police say Keysa Pryor learned of the visit and ...


Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:46:02 -0700

Students from Butler High School will be heading to other high schools next school year. That's until the new Jemison High School is ready in the fall of 2016. J.O. Johnson High School is set to close then as well. The new Grissom high school is slated ...


Fri, 08 May 2015 23:01:48 -0700

... close win in Houston, Texas at the Nike EYBL. Afterwards he talked to 247Sports about his recent Kentucky offer. "Kentucky is a great program that sends a lot of great athletes to the NBA," said Petty, 6-6 and out of Huntsville (Ala.) J.O. Johnson ...
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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 ...

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Wildcat Blue Nation
Thu, 07 May 2015 11:56:15 -0700

John Petty is from Huntsville, Alabama and attends J.O. Johnson High School. He is a 6'5″ small forward and is rated by ESPN as a five-star recruit. He is also ranked by ESPN as the No. 6 small forward and as the No. 23 overall player in the Class of ...


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

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