On behalf of the entire Springwood School family, we welcome you to our website! I’ve served here as Headmaster since 2012 and have seen firsthand the legacy Springwood carries in the Greater Chattahoochee Valley area.
Springwood provides a strong academic education, but beyond that we emphasize values that are so necessary for true success in today’s ever-changing world. One of these primary core values is the commitment Springwood makes to provide a college preparatory education in a Christian environment.
Having been in existence since 1970, Springwood benefits from decades of success. Due to the academic accomplishment and faculty development, Springwood has recently won the AISA President’s Award three straight times in 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.
We continue to see our current families and students that come from local and international locations embrace the culture and believe “greater things yet to come. ” We desire to prepare the next generation of leaders so they are well-equipped for their life’s work. At Springwood, our students graduate with so much more than a diploma!
After exploring our website, we encourage you to visit our campus and see what Springwood has to offer. I would enjoy the opportunity to meet you. We Are…Springwood!
Rick Johnson has served for over 30 years in independent education. Since arriving at Springwood the school has realized enrollment growth, earned the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) Blue Ribbon award each year, won academic and athletic state championships as well as multiple region or district titles. Additionally, for 3 consecutive school years (2014-17), Springwood has received the prestigious AISA President’s Award. The school also set scholarship offered records in 2016 and then the class of 2017 surpassed that record with a total of over $3 million. Also, under his leadership, the school has implemented several new academic classes and he leads a mission trip to the Dominican Republic annually.
Also, involved with coaching, he has led a resurgence of the Springwood Lady Wildcats to a prominent position in the AISA. Accomplishments since 2012 include back-to-back region championships, four straight Final Four appearances, a State Runner-up finish and the AISA 2A State Championship with Springwood’s first-ever undefeated basketball team (30-0) in 2016. He was named the Opelika-Auburn News Coach of the Year following that season.
Springwood received high praise from the SAIS review team in 2016 and was unanimously recommended for renewed accreditation through 2021. Mr. Johnson is a certified chairperson for SAIS accrediting teams and also serves as Treasurer of the AISA Headmaster’s Association.
Mr. Johnson arrived at Springwood following ten years as Headmaster at Trinity Christian School in Dublin, Georgia. Under his leadership the school experienced unprecedented enrollment growth and facility expansion. From 2002 to 2009, Trinity’s enrollment grew from 300 students to consecutive years of over 500 students, including an all-time high of 511 students in 2008-09. Mr. Johnson initiated several programs that enabled the school to build new facilities valued at over $6 million. He also led the school in the initial pursuit of dual accreditation with the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin, and a Master’s degree in management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama. He has studied further in the Educational Leadership program at Georgia Southern University.
Johnson’s coaching experience includes football, basketball, and baseball. His basketball coaching career of over 30 years has allowed him to be a guest clinician at camps and clinics in multiple states as well as on mission trips to Mexico and the Dominican Republic. His high school teams have won eight different state titles and he’s been honored as Coach of the Year at the National (1), State (2) and Region level multiple times. His teams have recorded over 600 wins.
Rick has been married for 34 years to his wife Lynda. The couple has three adult children.