Year Honored: 1987
At the time of the Award, Mae Johnson was:Principal
Monterey High School
Mae Johnson is principal at Monterey High School in Monterey County. She presided over the successful integration of a once-troubled predominantly white high school into her own predominantly black school. Focusing on improving academics, Ms. Johnson has transformed the merged school into an institution recognized for academic excellence. As for Ms. Johnson's relationship with her students: she likes them, knows them, inspires them, and engenders their respect. Ms. Johnson was named the California State Legislature's 1987 Woman of the Year.