Dr. Charles Claudius JohnsonHistory

Johnson Elementary School was dedicated on November 30, 1958, and was named for Dr. Charles Claudius Johnson (1886-1966), a prominent local African American physician who delivered outstanding and devoted service to the people of Franklin for over 40 years in practice. Dr. Johnson was a leader in civic affairs, including service on the federal Housing Committee and on the staff at Williamson County Hospital, upon its opening.

The FSSD Board of Education purchased 17.25 acres from William Polk in 1956 in order to build the Charles C. Johnson School. At a cost of just $390,000, Johnson School served Franklin’s African American children in grades 1-8 until 1971, when the FSSD schools were fully integrated. During integration, the school’s grade structure was modified to accommodate grades 3 and 4. In the early 1990s, the school was restored to a true elementary school, serving students in kindergarten through fifth grade, a grade which was later moved to Freedom Intermediate School. Major renovations and additions to the building were made in 1981 and 2000.



School Principals:

  • J.R. Watkins (1958-1981), who led the school from its inception through 23 years of revolutionary change. He was known for his kind and gentle demeanor and sense of purpose and excellence that set Johnson’s standard.
  • Laura Bracy (1981-1991), whose dynamic personality, strong teaching background, and subtle sense of humor guided the staff and community through a decade of growth and success.
  • Meredith Henderson (1991-2005), who led with a quiet dignity that is the spirit of Johnson Elementary School. Her educational expertise and academic leadership empowered teachers and encouraged students to excel in every area.
  • Jan Cochran (2005-2011), who provided leadership with a quiet strength and sense of purpose. The school’s impressive history was alive in the halls under her watchful eyes, and she was dedicated to maintaining the school’s reputation of academic excellence.
  • Tosha Robinson Baugh (2011-present), a Franklin native and former FSSD student, worked as a classroom teacher for nine years and an assistant principal at the school for five before being named principal. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education and educational leadership. “Mrs. Baugh’s quiet leadership style has helped lead the school to tremendous academic achievement,” said Dr. David Snowden, FSSD Director of Schools.

Board of Education

FSSD Board of Education at the time of the 1958 dedication of the Charles C. Johnson School included (left to right) John Jewell, Leonard E. McKeand, H. P. Beasley, Ph.D., T. C. Harlan,  Superintendent Thomas W. Bruce, and Harry Guffee, Ph. D.  Not pictured is Howard E. Johnston.

Upcoming Events

6:30 pm FIS Honors Parent Orientation @ Freedom Intermediate
FIS Honors Parent Orientation @ Freedom Intermediate
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Honors Parent Orientation for families of students who qualified for the 2017-2018 program. This Orientation is for students zoned to Freedom Intermediate for the 2017-2018 school year.
2:00 pm Walk Across Williamson Celebration @ ThePark at Harlinsdale Farm
Walk Across Williamson Celebration @ ThePark at Harlinsdale Farm
Apr 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Walk Across Williamson Celebration @ ThePark at Harlinsdale Farm | Franklin | Tennessee | United States
 The annual Walk Across Williamson Challenge is back for its ninth year with an all-new 5K Run/Walk for students, parents and teachers to enjoy. Individual schools may create their own team and train together at their school[...]
6:30 pm School Board Mtg @ Moore Elementary School
School Board Mtg @ Moore Elementary School
Apr 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Reception prior to the School Board meeting at 6:00 p.m.