It’s hard to forget the name Buck Johnson.
Here in the state of Alabama he is a basketball legend and now he is poised to raise the bar for athletics in Birmingham City Schools.
Mr. Basketball. Crimson Tide Great. NBA Vet. Those are some of the names Johnson can answer to.
Now almost ten years after his pro playing career, you can catch him on the sidelines answering to a new name and title as the Athletic Director of Birmingham City Schools.
“To be able to come back home and serve in this capacity is a dream come true for me,” said Johnson. “To be able to give back to my community, to serve. I am very excited about this opportunity.”
Buck brings with him a background fueled by passion that is hard to match.
“People love Mr. Johnson,” said Huffman High School Principal John Lyons. “He is that hometown guy that made it good. I think Birmingham City Schools made a tremendous hire when they brought in Buck Johnson as athletic director. His knowledge and expertise will pay tremendous dividends as the system tries to move forward.”
Huffman High School is just one example of the type of facilities and programs being installed throughout the city school system.
“Once you level the playing field as far as facilities goes, that increases our chances for success,” said Johnson.
Now as we approach the start of a new school year, Johnson wants success to be defined by numbers.
“When I was in high school here in Birmingham all of our gyms were packed,” said Johnson. “I mean they were packed out each and every game. We sold out gyms. So if we can get the community involved it will help us to become more competitive and become a leader in sports as well as academics.”