MIAMISBURG — Cancer has claimed the life of Melvin Johnson, Miamisburg High School teacher and Hall of Fame track and field coach, Superintendent Laura Blessing announced Thursday.
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Mr. Johnson battled cancer for three years. He died Monday, May 22.
Mr. Johnson was hired as the school district’s attendance officer in 2001 and worked in that position for several years while earning his master’s in education from the University of Phoenix. Since that time, he devoted his life to teaching, serving as a business and keyboarding teacher at MHS, and coaching basketball, cross country and track teams throughout his teaching career.
Mr. Johnson dedicated much of his life to helping young people reach their goals and find success. Along with teaching, he was passionate about coaching youth and felt rewarded by watching them work hard and achieve great things. Throughout his career at Miamisburg, Mr. Johnson was the head cross country coach from 2004-2018 and was the head track & field coach since 2004. His dual meet winning percentage of .727, with 72 wins and 27 losses, is a testament to his strong leadership and understanding of the sport, Blessing said.
His coaching career included turning out 13 state placers in track & field and five state placers in cross country, culminating in his induction into the Miamisburg High School Hall of Fame as a coach on Jan. 28, 2022.
Mr. Johnson will be remembered and cherished by all those he had an impact on. Mr. Johnson’s legacy will live on in the hearts of those he touched with his inspiring words and dedication to education.
Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. We express our deepest condolences to them, as well as everyone else whose lives were enriched by Mr. Johnson’s presence in our school district.
Grief counselors, teachers, and other support will be available to students, staff and parents. Please contact the high school if you have any questions or need additional resources for you or your child.
Arrangements were incomplete at the time of the announcement about Mr. Johnson’s death, Blessing said.
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