Amelia Love Johnson High School
Amelia Love Johnson High School is located in east central Marengo County and is one of three schools in the Marengo County School system. With a student population of 175, the school encompasses grades kindergarten through twelve. The school colors are maroon and white and the school mascot is the mighty eagle.The student population is 100% African-American. ALJ's faculty and staff consists of 1 administrator, 1 administrative assistant, .5 counselor, .5 librarian, 1 resource teacher, 1 instructional coach, 1 access facilitator, 5 high school teachers, 6 elementary teachers, 1 physical education teacher/coach, 1 custodian, and 3 CNP workers. Over the past three years, our student enrollment has decreased, which has resulted in a decline in personnel. The socio-economic status of the area has caused a decrease in enrollment over the past three years as some families have left the Thomaston area due to the lack of housing and employment opportunities.The school serves as a beacon to the Thomaston community. It provides social interaction for community engagement which include the following: sport activities, class reunions, school programs, funerals, and PTA activities.
The town of Thomaston was established in 1901, with a population of 51 people and Dr. Thomas was the first Mayor. Dr. Thomas had the land surveyed and laid out the town. Planters Bank and Trust Company was established in 1914. Telephone service begin in 1914 and electricity came in 1929. In 1949, the town limits were extended and the population jumped to over 1,000. Beginning the 1950's improvements were made to the town such as the following: streetlights, paved streets, water and gas systems, and a volunteer fire department. The 2000 census showed a population of 383. The population in 2013 was around 400.The unemployment rate for Thomaston in 2014 was 8.4 %.
Thomaston's Alabama Rural Heritage Center has a partnership with ALJ to provide art and cultural activities for students and community members throughout the year. Another unique feature coming to our community is Dave's Market. This business will provide the community with goods and services, employment opportunities, and community service opportunities for students.
Amelia Love Johnson High School
Our School's Purpose
To provide educational opportunities which enable our students to acquire knowledge, skills, and personal experiences for responsible citizenship and lifelong learning.
Our School's Motto
Today's Foundation Supports Tomorrow's World
Our Vision Statement
Preparing All Students for Success in a Global Economy
Our Mission Statement
Amelia L. Johnson will provide an atmosphere of excellence in academics and leadership. All stakeholders will strengthen ALJ as a safe and nurturing environment. We will encourage all students to become lifelong learners while preparing them to be college and career ready.
We believe that:
- Our student body consists of unique individuals with different needs and abilities requiring a curriculum that will help them reach their full potential.
- We must strive to create a safe and nurturing environment that stimulates minds, encourage creativity, and inspire students to learn.
- We believe that home, school, and community are essential in the development of the total child and their future success.
- Parents are vital roles in their child's education.
- Technology is essential to a 21st century learning environment.