Alvis Johnson

Published: 8/2/2022 3:57 AM

At-Large Member

Alvis Johnson of Harrodsburg is a retired educator who made his mark as a teacher and coach during his 28-year career.

After beginning his career in the Christian County schools, Johnson spent most of his education career in the Harrodsburg Independent schools, where he taught social studies, coached football and track and field and served as athletic director before retiring in 1998. He was the runner-up for the Walt Disney Company Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1996.

His track and field teams at Harrodsburg High School won five state championships, and his football teams finished as state runners-up three times. He was inducted into the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1992 and into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association's Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame in 2004.

Johnson became the first African American to serve as president of the National Federation of High School Athletics Board of Directors. He also served eight years on the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control, which included a term as president.

He spent eight years as an assistant athletic director at the University of Kentucky before entering private business in 2006.

Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in education from Western Kentucky University, where he also played football, and a master's degree in history from Eastern Kentucky University.

He is a graduate of Christian County High School.

Johnson's term expires April 14, 2022.

KBE SPOTLIGHT | Alvis Johnson attests to the life-changing value of education

Alvis Johnson with Students

 Alvis Johnson, left, a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, hears students in the Mercer County Day Treatment program discuss their beekeeping operation during a visit to the school. Johnson was a teacher, coach, athletic director and assistant principal during his education career, most of which was spent in the Harrodsburg Independent schools.
Photo by Mike Marsee, Feb. 13, 2020


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Who is your favorite teacher and why?

“Dee Dee Dykes, my 11th-grade history teacher at Christian County High School. She was a great U.S. history teacher. She was able to keep my attention and she really inspired me to go on and major in history in college.”


What was your favorite subject in school and why?

“I have always enjoyed studying and reading about history. I just like reading about things that happened back in the past that really serve as a basis for what’s going on now. If you don’t know the past, if you don’t know where you came from, you don’t know where you’re going.”

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