Fairfield ISD Center Named For Former Dogan High School Teachers
Honoring some 85 years of combined service in educating students, Fairfield School Board members named the two gymnasium and field house " The Johnson Activities Center" after long-time educators Edward "Chief" and Lee Earl Johnson. The Johnsons have dedicated their lives to not only the Fairfield school system, but to the community in general.
Mrs. Johnson was born Oct. 27, 1933 to Ardie Earl and Rosie Lee Richard. She graduated from Dogan High School in 1951 as valedictorian of the class, graduated cum laude, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Social Studies from Mary Allen College in Crockett in 1955. Her first teaching job, at $2859 per year, was at Dogan High School.
Edward Johnson was born in Fairfield in 1924 to Eugene and Emily Johnson. He also graduated from Dogan High School in 1941 and was drafted with his twin brother Edgar into the Navy. After his hitch in the Navy he enrolled at Austin Tillotson College. After receiving his degree, Edward returned to Fairfield and started teaching Math and Coaching at Dogan School. The Johnsons were married in 1955 and both
stayed at Dogan until integration, when both were transitioned into the Fairfield ISD System. Mrs. Johnson's career has followed a similar course as her husband, including two years as counselor at Butler school prior to its merge with Fairfield Schools.
The Johnson Team has exhibited a love for the community and has been involved in all aspects of its growth. The Dogan Alumni Association proudly recognizes the dedication of the Johnsons and attest to the fact that both have been Bridge Builders whose accomplishments will live on through the memory of their former students as well as the Johnson Activities Center Building.