A. R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School
|Augustus R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet Middle and High School|
|1324 Laney-Walker Blvd.
Augusta, Georgia, 30901
|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|
|Average class size||20|
|School color(s)||Purple and white
|Sports||tennis, soccer, volleyball, golf, track, and cross country|
|Nickname||Panthers and Lady Panthers|
|Accreditation||Georgia Accrediting Commission
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
|Newspaper||The Panther Print|
|Partners in Education||Medical College of Georgia|
|Website||A. R. Johnson Magnet School|
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.
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.
Awards and recognition
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.
The school opened in 1892 as Mauge Street Grammar School, taking on the name "A.R. Johnson Junior High School" in 1937. 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.  In 1984, feasibility studies were undertaken to introduce an engineering program at the school, which began in 1985.
On September 7, 2008, the school opened a new building that includes an open-air cafeteria, an observatory deck overlooking the school's library, and its first elevator. The new building features a dome skylight and modern layouts. The old gymnasium was converted into an auditorium. The expansion project was completed in 2008, and seventh and eighth graders began attending the school in August 2009.
A.R. Johnson's Mascot
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 visible from the street. The mural was painted and initially sketched by a student from the class of 2009, Corey Harris.
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.
- HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
- FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
- Literary Competition Team
- Math Team
- Academic Decathlon Team
- Video Team
- Ecology Club
- TSA (Technology Student Association)
- NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)
- Foreign Languages Club
- Golf Team
- Soccer Team
- Tennis Team
- Track Team
- Cross Country Team
- Volley Ball Team
- Prom Committee
- Ring Committee
- Yearbook/Journalism Staff
- Student Council
- Art Club
- Foreign Language Club
|Jessye Norman||opera singer (attended A.R. Johnson Junior High School)|
A. R. Johnson's Alma Mater was written by Mr. Kimble's senior English class. The music was composed by A. R. Johnson Principal Deborah Walker. The Alma Mater is as follows:
We are the hopes of tomorrow.
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