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 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.