Welcoming a ‘Blast From the Past’ Principal


Alexis Katzenberger, Staff

CHS welcomed a new principal, Mr Johnson, to start the 2018-2019 school year. Mr. Johnson started his teaching career at Perryville High School where he taught math. After that, he taught math at Scott City High School for nine years. Eventually, he took over as high school principal at Scott City, where he stayed for ten years.

Mr. Johnson didn’t expect to get the position as principal at CHS. Originally, he didn’t apply, but after months of the job being open, he decided to apply and was later hired. He believes that this was a very successful job switch, “Whenever somebody spends 20 years in the same district and ten years at the same job, sometimes change is good.”

Mr. Johnson discussed the strengths of CHS as a school.  “The things that are going on at Central really are great and we have a lot of good programs for the students.” He added that the technology and the quality of teachers is also a great strength. Mr. Johnson believes that our student body has a lot of respect for not only the school but the teachers as well.

“My goals for this year are to not mess anything up,” Mr. Johnson said with a laugh. He loves this job and is excited to have a great first year at CHS. Something he would like to focus on this year is the kids who are not planning to go to college.

Mr. Johnson was a Central High School student and graduated from CHS in 1993 in a class of only 99 students. His family has been in the area since the 1940s.

There are some things he misses about the old CHS. “Just kind of the comradery that we had back in ‘93 with it being a small school. We all knew each other; we were all pretty close.”  He also added that he misses a lot of the teachers that used to teach at CHS.

Mr. Johnson has a daughter who is sixteen and a sophomore at Saxony. He enjoys following her around watching her play volleyball and basketball. His hobbies are bow hunting and golfing.