City of Huntsville to acquire Johnson High School, plans still uncertain

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Johnson High School (WHNT News 19 File)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – As the Huntsville City Schools district continues to evolve, so, too, do its facilities. J.O. Johnson students are in their final year at the school that was built in 1972.

Next year, they will move to the new Jemison High. Although students are currently sitting through classes planning for their future, the future of the build is somewhat certain.

“Johnson is one of those properties that the City of Huntsville will actually acquire and, along with the old Grissom High School, and the city has plans for both of those for development,” said Huntsville City Schools spokesman Keith Ward.

The city knows it will soon own the property, but what it intends to do with it is still up in the air.

Huntsville planners want to meet with community members in that area before they redevelop the site. They hope to hold those public meetings in January.

“The idea is to take the properties and not have them collecting dust and growing grass and they can be transferred over and be repurposed and reutilized and that revitalizes the area,” said Ward.

The city also plans to redevelop the old Grisson High site, once the new school opens. The goal is for the facility to become a town-center type property.