A. R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School

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Augustus R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet Middle and High School
Address
1324 Laney-Walker Blvd.
Augusta, Georgia
Augusta, Georgia, Richmond, 30901
United States
Coordinates 33°27′57″N 81°58′54″W / 33.465796°N 81.981578°W / 33.465796; -81.981578Coordinates: 33°27′57″N 81°58′54″W / 33.465796°N 81.981578°W / 33.465796; -81.981578
Information
Type Public magnet specializing in health science and engineering studies
Motto Dawn of A New Age"
Established 1937 (as junior high school)
1980 (as magnet high school)
School district Richmond County School System
Principal LaMonica Lewis
Grades 7–12
Enrollment 300
Average class size 20
Campus type urban
School color(s) Purple and white
         
Sports tennis, soccer, volleyball, golf, track, and cross country
Mascot Panther
Nickname Panthers and Lady Panthers
Accreditation Georgia Accrediting Commission
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
GHSGT average 100%
Newspaper The Panther Print
Partners in Education Medical College of Georgia
Website

Augustus R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet Middle and High School is a public six-year magnet school in downtown Augusta, Georgia, drawing students from grades seven through twelve from all parts of Richmond County.

Academics[edit]

A. R. Johnson is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Aside from the standard college preparatory academic courses, Johnson offers specialized training in health sciences and engineering, and the opportunity for vocational training and dual high school/college enrollment for health science students. The school has consistently been regarded as one of the best in the state of Georgia, regularly ranking among the top three best schools in the state.[citation needed]

Awards and recognition[edit]

The school received the Blue Ribbon Award in 2003 and received the 2005, 2006, and 2007 Georgia Achievement Platinum Award. In 2007 and 2009, it received a silver medal and was listed as one of the top schools in the nation by US News & World Report.[2]

History[edit]

The school opened in 1892 as Mauge Street Grammar School, taking on the name A.R. Johnson Junior High School in 1937.[3] From 1945 to 1949, it served as a senior high school and in 1956, a new building was erected to serve as the junior high school. In 1980, the school was established as an examination school. In 1980–81, A. R. Johnson Junior High School became “A. R. Johnson Health Professions High School”. Under its new name, the school served as a pilot program, using funds from a Magnet Implementation/Planning Grant. [1] In 1984, feasibility studies were undertaken to introduce an engineering program at the school, which went ahead in 1985.

On September 7, 2008, the school opened a new building that includes an open-air cafeteria, and observatory deck that overlooks the school's library, and its first elevator.[4] The new building features a dome skylight and modern layouts. The old gymnasium was converted into an auditorium. The expansion project of the school will be completed in the fall of 2008. Seventh and Eighth graders will start attending the school in August 2009.

Namesake[edit]

The school is named for Augustus Roberson Johnson (1853–1908), an African American teacher in Augusta during the late 19th century.[5]

A.R. Johnson's Mascot[edit]

The school's mascot is the panther. When referring to their sports members, the male team is known as simply the Panthers while the female team is known as the Lady Panthers. During the latter half of the school year, a mural of the mascot was painted on the wall on the hall nearest the office at the front of the building. It is finished and is visible from the street. The mural was painted and initially sketched by a student from the Class of 2009, Corey Harris.

Student activities[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Unlike other local magnet schools C.T. Walker and Davidson, Johnson participates in several district competitive sports, among them track, cross country, soccer, golf, tennis, and volleyball. The school does not participate in the more traditional high school sports of football, basketball, and baseball.

Clubs[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Jessye Norman opera singer (attended A.R. Johnson Junior High School)

Alma mater[edit]

A. R. Johnson's Alma Mater was written by Mr. Kimble's senior English class. The music was composed by A. R. Johnson Principal Mrs. Deborah Walker. The Alma Mater is as follows:

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