Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy

Katherine Johnson Concept

Imagine a technology rich, tech-integrated campus and curriculum for your child. The DeSoto Independent School District is pleased to open Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy, a cutting-edge, future-focused campus aimed at providing technology-focused learning experiences in the Best Southwest community of Dallas right here in DeSoto.

In July 2017, DeSoto ISD broke ground on a new district campus. Community and district personnel gathered to celebrate the future of DeSoto ISD at the site of the new campus where district leaders spoke of the vision for the way forward in DeSoto ISD.

About Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy

Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy, scheduled to open August 2018, has the capacity to accommodate 810 students in grades K-5. The 115, 228 square foot, two-story building, the last project to be funded from the district’s 2005 bond program, is a state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly and energy-conservative structure.

The Johnson Technology Magnet Academy was developed with a progressive design concept that reimagines educational facilities in a manner that supports the innovative learning and instructional practices necessary for 21st century, future-focused education. With a focus on technology, the Johnson Tech Magnet Academy will provide opportunities for, Digital Production, Digital Arts, Coding/Robotics and Computer Science.

Interested in giving your child the opportunity to take advantage of new and exciting opportunities available at the Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy?

Apply for magnet program consideration here: www.DeSotoISD.org/MagnetApplication

Apply for selective enrollment consideration here: www.DeSotoISD.org/SelectiveEnrollment


How was Johnson Technology Magnet Academy named?

Upon the announcement of the decision to build a new campus in DeSoto ISD, the district enlisted the DeSoto community in naming the newest campus.

Community members were informed that the new campus would have a technology focus and after much discussion and engagement, the DeSoto community elected to name the new campus the Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy.


About Katherine Johnson

Katherine C. G. Johnson, a pioneer of the American space movement, was born in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., and was trained as a mathematician and physicist. Because of the segregation, she and her three older siblings moved to Institute, WV, where they all attended high school and college.

She graduated from high school at age 14 and from West Virginia State College at 18.

After teaching for 7 years in elementary and high schools in West Virginia and Virginia, Johnson went to work in 1953 as a pool mathematician or “computer” for the Langley Research Center (LRC), part of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in Hampton, Va. NACA later became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

At NASA, Johnson worked on the early space program, including computing the launch window for astronaut Alan Shepard’s 1961 Mercury mission. She was tasked with calculations to propel space capsules into orbit around the moon and to send landing units to and from the lunar surface. She plotted backup navigational charts for astronauts in case of electronic failures. In 1962, computers were used for the first time to calculate John Glenn’s orbit around Earth. But, according to Johnson, NASA officials called on her to verify the numbers. She also calculated the trajectory for the 1969 Apollo flight to the moon.

While working in NASA’s Flight Dynamics Branch at LRC, Johnson helped author the first textbook on space. Later in her career, she worked on the space shuttle program, the Earth Resources Satellite, and on plans for a mission to Mars. Johnson co-authored 28 scientific papers during her 33 years with NASA, before retiring in 1986.

She earned many awards throughout her career, including the Lunar Orbiter Spacecraft and

Operations team award; numerous NASA LRC Special Achievement Awards; National Technical Association Mathematician of the Year; and several honorary doctorates, including from the State University of New York, Farmingdale; Capitol College, Laurel, MD; Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; West Virginia State University, Institute, WV; West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV; Bennett College, Greensboro, NC; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA; and Hampton University, Hampton, VA.

She also recently received the 2017 ‘Scientist of the Year’ Award from the Harvard Foundation at Harvard University. On Nov. 24, 2015, Katherine Johnson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, from President Barack Obama, who said “With her razor-sharp mathematical mind, Katherine G Johnson helped broaden the scope of space travel, charting new frontiers for humanity’s exploration of space, and creating new possibilities for all humankind.

From sending the first American to space to the first moon landing, she played a critical role in many of NASA’s most important milestones. Katherine G Johnson refused to be limited by society’s expectations of her gender and race while expanding the boundaries of humanity’s reach.”

Johnson is a graduate of West Virginia State College (now University), where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in mathematics and French.

Johnson had three daughters (Joylette Goble Hylick, Constance Goble Garcia [deceased], and Katherine Goble Moore), with her late husband, James Goble. She has been married for the last 57 years to Lt. Col. USA (ret) James A. Johnson. They have six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Johnson’s civic affiliations include being a life member and Diamond Soror (80+ years) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and life member of the NAACP. She has been an active member of the Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church in Newport News since moving to the Hampton Roads area in 1953.


Progress at Katherine Johnson

Since the July 2017 ground breaking, much progress has taken place on the construction of the Katherine Johnson Technology Magnet Academy.

The building is on schedule to open for the 2018-2019 school year in August 2018.

See photos of the construction progress below: