ABOUT OUR SCHOOL

Photo Dr. Charles C. 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.
Photo of school board designating Johnson School

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

Aug
23
Thu
6:30 pm FIS Parent Orientation
FIS Parent Orientation
Aug 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Parents will run their students schedule and meet their teachers this evening!
Aug
24
Fri
6:00 pm Cheer Clinic @ PGES
Cheer Clinic @ PGES
Aug 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
You’re invited! Cheerleading Clinic With the nationally ranked Poplar Grove Competition Cheerleaders   The Poplar Grove Cheerleading Clinic is being offered for grades K-5. It will teach proper cheerleading techniques and skills, including: jumps, stunts… ABOUT
Aug
31
Fri
all-day Early Dismissal Day
Early Dismissal Day
Aug 31 all-day
All schools dismiss 3 hours early