Johnson, Gregory A.(born: 1966)
In 1985, Gregory A. Johnson became the first African American valedictorian graduate of Paducah (KY) Tilghman High School. Johnson had maintained a perfect 4.0 during his entire four years of high school. He and 140 other Presidential Scholars, including Lafayette High School graduate Jill Conway, were recognized by President Reagan during a ceremony held in the White House Rose Garden. The scholars spent a week in Washington, D.C. and also received $1,000 from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
Greg Johnson was accepted at Brown University and graduated in 1989 with a BA in history and in 1993 with an MD. He earned an MPH in 1998 from Boston University. Johnson has been a medical doctor at Boston University and Harvard University. Born in Paducah, KY, Greg is the son of Rochelle Johnson.
For more see "Reagan recognizes two Kentucky scholars," Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/22/1985, City/State section, p. B2.