We are Toby Johnson Middle School. In our district, many schools are named after educators who dedicated their lives to ensuring that future generations develop skills for success and become positive and productive members of our global society. We’d like to introduce you to our school’s namesake, Toby Johnson. This student post is by Isis.
Mr. Tobias Johnson, familiarly known as Toby, was born June 5th, 1917. Toby Johnson was one-year-old when his father died in 1918. He and his mother moved to Courtland to live with his grandparents. His grandparents were farmers. After his grandmother’s death, Toby, his mother, and grandfather moved to Sacramento, which isn’t far from Elk Grove. Johnson graduated from high school in 1934. He went to the University of Berkeley and worked for the Ford Motor Company. Mr. Johnson also served in the Marine Corps. He also worked for a variety of school boards and spent 16 years as a Sacramento County Supervisor. Toby Johnson was a teacher, a principal, a [personnel] director, a superintendent, and an overall great person. He and his wife, Sue, always came to our school’s special events such as promotion, and award ceremonies. Unfortunately, he died last year on November 17, 2014 due to health issues. We will miss him. However, in Mr. Johnson’s words, “You always have to keep an open mind about what will happen if you don’t take action”. Toby Johnson understood the importance of education to us and pursued his dreams to help us achieve ours. He will be remembered fondly, and we are proud that our school is named after him.