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Johnson Traditional Middle School is committed to creating a safe community where all adolescents and adults are respected and empowered to become lifelong learners and leaders. A Traditional School is one dedicated to the concepts of scholarship, patriotism, courtesy, respect, responsibility, and citizenship. It strives to develop in its students:

  • The highest possible competence in fundamental skills.
  • Growth in citizenship and in moral and spiritual values.
  • Responsibility for personal behavior.
  • A spirit of individual achievement and competition.


2015–16 Highlights:

  • Track Team, Runner-Up, JCPS 7th-Grade Girls Track
  • Quick Recall, Middle School Playoff Group Champion
  • Quick Recall, Katherine C. Hume Sportsmanship Award
  • Mrs. Weatherholt's First Period Class, Fall Semester, National lead2Feed Program Challenge Winner
  • Dance Team, LIT Competition, Small Team, First Place
  • Boys Basketball, JCPS North District Boys Basketball Champion
  • Volleyball, JCMSVL Varsity Gold Division, Runner-Up
  • Football, Meyzeek Jamboree Winner

2014–15 Highlights:

  • Quick Recall, Derby Festival Foundation Academic Challenge
  • Jazz Band, KDCO 7th Grade, First Place
  • Girls Soccer, Girls Consolation Winner
  • Fast-Pitch Girls Softball, League Runner-Up Tournament/County Champions
  • Cross-Country/Track, Capitol View Classic, Third Place
  • Boys Cross-Country Middle School, Second Place
  • Basketball, JCPS Middle School 6th-Grade Boys Champion
  • Band and Orchestra, KDCO, 7th Region Middle School, Small-Jazz
  • Softball, JCPS Varsity Softball Runner-Up
  • Junior Varsity Softball, JCPS Tournament Winner
  • Girls Basketball, Class ACT 2014 Jr. LIT Champion
  • Football, JCPS District Champions


The school opened in 1930 originally as Parkland Junior High School, named for the area in which it is located. In 1977, all of the city's junior high schools became middle schools, and thus, it became Parkland Middle School. Then in 1980, the school officially became Lyman T. Johnson Traditional Middle School, named after a distinguished educator and leader in Louisville's civil rights movement.

Dr. Johnson was born in 1906 in Columbia, TN. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor's degree from Virginia Union University and a master's degree from the University of Michigan. He is probably best known for his 1949 lawsuit against the University of Kentucky for not being admitted into the university's graduate school. Dr. Johnson was successful in this legal pursuit. He, along with 30 other African-American students, attended the University of Kentucky. Thus, becoming the first African-American graduate student to attend UK. A multicultural fellowship program was established in his honor.

Dr. Johnson taught at Louisville Central High School for three decades and was an assistant principal for seven years. Parkland Junior High School, now Johnson Traditional Middle School, benefited greatly from his assistant principalship. He fought for equal pay among public school teachers as well as for integrated public accommodations and housing. He served as president of the Louisville Association of Teachers in Colored Schools and on the Jefferson County School Board.

Dr. Lyman T. Johnson passed away on October 3, 1997. He was an exemplary educator and human being. We remember him for his unending efforts to bring about racial justice and integration of all peoples.