Sol C. Johnson High School

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Johnson High School
Sol C. Johnson High School
Savannah, Georgia, (Chatham County)
United States
Coordinates 32°01′56″N 81°03′31″W / 32.032204°N 81.058597°W / 32.032204; -81.058597Coordinates: 32°01′56″N 81°03′31″W / 32.032204°N 81.058597°W / 32.032204; -81.058597
Type Public high school
Motto "Not to Equal but Excel."
Established 1959
School district Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools
Principal Bernadette Ball-Oliver
Grades 9-12
Campus urban
Color(s) Blue and Orange
Athletics GHSA Class AAA Region 1
Nickname Atom Smashers

Sol C. Johnson High School is a public high school located in Savannah, Georgia, USA. A unit of the Savannah-Chatham County School System,[1] it has been ranked number 819 among Newsweek magazine's top 1,500 U.S. secondary schools based on advanced placement and International Baccalaureate test scores.[2] According to the Savannah Morning News, Johnson High students have been "taking strides forward" in their recent performance on the statewide Georgia High School Graduation Test.[3]

Johnson High was named one of “America’s Best High Schools” in the “America’s Best High Schools 2010" edition of Newsweek.[4]


Johnson High was originally named Powell Laboratory School when it opened on Savannah's eastside in 1959. With an enrollment of approximately 1,000 students, it consisted of grades nine through twelve and was administered by Savannah State College (now Savannah State University). In 1960 the school was renamed after Sol C. Johnson, a prominent local journalist, philanthropist and educator and the founder of the Savannah Tribune, the nation's oldest newspaper catering to African-Americans.


Academic programs at Johnson High include the ninth-grade academy and the International Baccalaureate. Like most large high schools, Johnson includes a range of special education and advanced placement courses.[5]

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  1. ^ "History of Sol C. Johnson High School". Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. Retrieved 2009-10-09. [dead link]
  2. ^ "The Top of the Class". Newsweek, Inc. 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  3. ^ "Savannah-Chatham students improving on graduation tests". Savannah Morning News and Evening Press. 2009-06-28. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  4. ^ "Sol C. Johnson High School Named One of America's Best High Schools". Savannah Tribune. Savannah Tribune. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  5. ^ "Departments". Retrieved 2009-10-09. [dead link]

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