Year Inducted: 1975
Schools / Organizations: Kansas High School
Tuscola High School
Lincoln High School
Biography: Paul Johnson’s coaching career started in Plainville, Ind where, in 1938, he took his team to the Indiana state finals. After 2 seasons at Plainville with a 50-7 record, Johnson moved to Kansas IL) High School where his teams posted a 118-34 record in five seasons. After a year back in Indiana, Paul moved to Tuscola High School from 1946-48. Next came his most memorable tenure at Lincoln High School from 1949-1961. For his career, Paul’s teams won 430 and lost only 231. At Lincoln, the teams won 11 IHSA Regionals (missing only in 1949 and 1959), two IHSA Sectionals (1951, 1959), three Big 12 Conference championships, the Kankakee Holiday Tournament and a 2nd in the Centralia Holiday Tournament. While at Kansas, Paul also coached the 6-man football teams to the state championships in 1940 and 1942.