HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Students graduated from Huntsville's J.O. Johnson High School for the last time on Thursday.
This marked the end of the school's 44-year run. Students described it as bittersweet.
For the last time, J.O. Johnson seniors took photos, fixed their tassels and walked down the aisle to graduate.
"It's bittersweet. Bitter because it's the last class, but sweet because we graduated," graduate Desmond Johnson said.
These students are the last to join a long line of J.O Johnson High School graduates.
"Many came before you but none, I'm going to say it again, none will come after you," Principal Roderick Tomlin said.
It's a lot to live up to.
"It's an amazing time," graduate Justin Hopkins said. "All the alumni out here behind us and supporting us."
It is a lot to leave behind.
"I'm nervous, but happy," graduate Breana Grayson said.
"I feel like I'm going to miss my friends and the memories that we made," Johnson said.
But there is still a lot ahead for the graduating students.
"I'll be attending Stanford University," Hopkins said.
"I'm going to go to college at Calhoun and then transfer to UAH to study law," Grayson said.
"I report to Tennessee State University June 4 for football and then I start my college courses then," Johnson said.
The final graduating class of J.O. Johnson High School said they are all set.
"I'm ready for the next stage of my life and I'm ready to attack it with full force," Johnson said.
As they embark on a new journey, Tamlin had one thing he wants his last class to remember.
"If you don't know anything else, know this, I love you," Tamlin said.
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