General Johnnie Wilson Middle School

Welcome to General Johnnie Wilson Middle School

School Profile

At General Johnnie Wilson Middle School (GJW), we inspire, challenge, and empower students through the love of learning through the transition from concrete to more abstract thought. Serving students in grades 6–8, we promote high expectations while working together with parents and the community to develop students to their full potential.
GJW Highlights:
  • Comprehensive services for students who are identified as gifted
  • Special education services for students across all disabilities
  • Visual Arts, Music, Foreign Language and Physical Education
  • Free shuttle to Mercy School Based Health Clinic
  • AVID College Preparation Programming
  • Extracurriculars to engage and develop “Titan” leaders
  • Free breakfast and lunch for all students
  • Basketball, Football, Track, Volleyball, and Wresting
  • Titan College - earn credits towards a 2-Year Associate’s Degree
  • Young Scholars Program
  • Student Council
Enrollment: 461

What's in a Name

Official photo of Gen. Wilson
General Johnnie Wilson Middle School is named in honor of Lorain's own retired United States Army four-star general. Johnnie E. Wilson grew up in Lorain with his 11 brothers and sisters and his father worked for the local steel mill. General Wilson entered the Army in 1961 as an enlisted soldier and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant; he then attended Officer Candidate School (OCS). General Wilson served with distinction at every level of command.  Wilson spent a year in South Vietnam where he served as Commander of Company C, 173rd Support Battalion (Airborne).  General Wilson held a wide variety of important command and staff positions culminating in his assignment as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command (1996-99). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Master of Science degree in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.  
General Wilson's award and decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army  Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Special Forces Tab, and a Master Parachutist Badge.  
General Wilson visits the school often to offer support and inspiration to our scholars.  


General Johnnie Wilson Middle School
2700 Washington Avenue
Lorain, Ohio 44052
Phone (440) 830-4240
Fax (440) 246-1016
Principal: Kejuana Jefferson
Dean of Academics: Teresa Brown-Sayles
Dean of Scholar and Family Engagement: Tamara Jones

Upcoming Events


General Johnnie Wilson Community Engagement Session

As the Lorain City School District continues to provide support to buildings, in its pursuit of creating a system of excellent schools, it is looking for feedback from parents, staff and community members.

During the month of November, a series of community engagement sessions will be held at specific schools that have been determined to be in need of immediate attention.

Based on data collected by the district from the 2018-19 state report cards, the Excellent Schools Dashboard and data comparison analysis from Achievement Network (ANet), sessions will be held to garner input from General Johnnie Wilson Middle, Palm Elementary and Frank Jacinto Elementary School parents, staff and community members.

During these sessions, attendees will be given an opportunity to provide valuable input that will help steer each of these three buildings forward through positive practices.

Attendees will have the chance to look over the same data reviewed, by the district, during its naming of these specific schools as ones that require immediate attention. Observations and concerns will then be shared and documented, through a series of topic-specific breakout sessions, that same evening.

This process will create viable solutions for each building, and be presented publicly during the mid-year State of the District, on Jan. 9, along with the tiering of buildings, based on their ranking within the system of excellent schools.

All community engagement sessions will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at their respective buildings.

Dates for the sessions are as follows:

General Johnnie Wilson Middle School-Wednesday, November 20th

Palm Elementary School-Monday, November 25th

Frank Jacinto Elementary School-Tuesday, November 26th



GJW Winter Festival

General Johnnie Wilson Middle School will hold a Winter Festival on Tuesday, Nov. 26. This event is a fundraiser activity to support costs associated with field trips.
Cost $1.00 for children, $2.00 for adults (18 & over)
Join them for games, food & music.
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