J. H. Johnson, 1960-1961
J. H. Johnson, 1960-1961

James H. “Peanuts” Johnson retired at the age of 62 after 38 years of service in the Owensboro Public School System.
Johnson taught one year at Morganfield before coming to Owensboro in February 1942 as an assistant football coach. He taught biology at Owensboro High School, where he also served as head basketball coach during the 1942-43 season. In 1950, he was named athletic director and, in that capacity, organized the highly successful junior high athletic program. In 1954, Johnson was appointed business manager of the city schools and was promoted to the position of assistant superintendent in 1958. Johnson served as president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Lions Club and of the Board of Directors of the Owensboro Jaycees. He was honored as Owensboro’s Outstanding Young Man in 1945. Active in his profession, Johnson was a member of the International ASBO, the American ASBO, and SASBO. He helped organize KASBO, served as first president, and was named Outstanding Kentucky School Business Administrator by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) in 1978.