Ernest Houston Johnson, 1894 1 item

The first African-American student to attend Stanford was Ernest Houston Johnson (B.A. Economics, 1895). This image shows Johnson (seated bottom left) with other members of the 1894 senior interclass football team. He was a member of the Pioneer Class, the first class to graduate after spending all four years at Stanford. Majoring in economics, Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree at Stanford in 1895, then enrolled in classes at Stanford Law School. Sadly, three years after graduation from Stanford he contracted tuberculosis, and died February 17, 1898, at the age of 26. The Ernest Houston Johnson Scholars Program, which provides opportunities for frosh to to engage critically with their collegiate journey, is named for Johnson.