School History & Mission


Johnson College Prep opened its doors in 2010 and is named for John and Eunice Johnson, African-American pioneers. Together, they overcame many odds and founded the Johnson Publishing Company, famous for its Ebony and Jet Magazine publications. By naming our school after this dynamic family, JCP scholars are reminded daily that the hard work of education the Noble Way will pay off!

The campus name was chosen by a group of African-American entrepreneurs, led by Marty Nesbitt, who collectively matched a donation from the Pritzker Traubert Foundation. The Johnson legacy shares strong alignment with Noble’s mission and exemplifies the value of receiving quality schooling. Johnson College Prep scholars have benefited immensely from the involvement of their naming consortium who work to share their experiences and provide unique opportunities to the campus’ predominantly African American student body. Donors have actively participated in campus events like the Grand Opening, the annual Career Day and Big Groups.


At Johnson College Prep, our scholars are introduced to rigorous content and real-world experiences that will prepare them for life after graduation. Our mission is to prepare ALL scholars for post-secondary success while developing their social awareness and passion to serve the communities of Chicago.

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