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Holly Springs principal dies

Posted June 30, 2009

— The first principal of Holly Springs High School died Friday, his family said. Luther Johnson Jr. was 39. 

Johnson served many roles in the Wake County Public School System. He was previously the principal at Leesville Road Middle School and had been assistant principal at Wakefield High School.

He grew up in High Point and earned a degree in mathematics at Winston-Salem State University. He got his master's degree in Education from UNC-Greensboro and was working on a doctorate at North Carolina State University at the time of his death.


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  • CrewMax Jun 30, 2009

    Such a loss.

  • momof2 Jun 30, 2009

    This is such a huge loss for Wake County schools. My son introduced me to Mr. Johnson while I was attempting to do the "chicken dance" at the 6th grade dance! I was so embarrassed. Mr. Johnson loved his students and it was obvious they loved and respected him. He was truly an amazing person and an inspiration. Thoughts and prayers for the family. We will miss you Mr. Johnson!

  • prn13norm Jun 30, 2009

    While attending a conference a few years back I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Johnson. Few people I have met impressed me the way he did. He had an humble spirit,an inquisitive mind and a respect for his fellow educators. He will be truly missed! To his parents and family I would like to say they I am sorry for your loss however you should stand proud for this fine young man. You parenting showed forth each day in the way he lived his life and how he treated others!

  • nandud Jun 30, 2009

    RIP, Mr. Johnson. You didn't live long enough, but I know you made an impact on every young person you came in contact with.

  • Tawny Jun 30, 2009

    I did not know this young man personally, but did have an opportunity to work with some of his former classmates at Winston Salen State. His dedication and passion for working with young people and helping them strive for excellence will be greatly missed.

    May God bring comfort to his family and friends during this difficult time.

  • due_whats_right Jun 30, 2009

    My heart goes out to Mr. Johnson's family. I am truly saddened to hear that he has passed. I do know that he had been sick for the majority of the school year and another person covered as the interim admin. there. He was a mover and a shaker and was destined to be a leader in a greater capacity in WCPSS. I have had the opportunity to work with some of his staff members and they all spoke of his leadership style and no nonsense approach to education - something many of our schools lack today. I would have been blessed to work with a school leader who lived what he believed in - hardwork, dedication and fairness. He will truly be missed. RIP Mr. Johnson.

    And to those who are so superficial to comment on unnecessary negativity about whether her was a Christian or not, please realize that he lived his life everyday in the impact that he had on the lives of our future. Anything else doesn't matter and it is between he and his Maker. Just make sure you believe!

  • SaltlifeLady Jun 30, 2009

    Sad to hear of LJs passing. He was spoken very highly of.I know he will be missed.

  • bronzegoddess40 Jun 30, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family for their loss. It is often shocking when someone dies so young and unexpected. God Bless.

  • kikinc Jun 30, 2009

    So, if he was Jewish, some people wouldn't be sending out condolences? That's not right. Who cares if he was Christian or not? The man is dead. Let him have some peace.

  • twc Jun 30, 2009

    Cause of death?