John Curtis Christian School was founded by John T. Curtis Sr. in 1962 on the second floor of the Carrolton Avenue Baptist Church. With only sixteen students on opening day, the school continued to grow and by the end of the first year had over forty students. In 1963, Mr. Curtis Sr. moved the school to its current location on Jefferson Hwy in River Ridge. Mr. Curtis Sr. was the preacher at Coliseum Place Baptist Church for thirty years. He retired from preaching in 2002 but continued in his role as Headmaster of John Curtis Christian School. In May of 2005 after a fight with cancer, Mr. Curtis Sr. passed away. He is survived by his wife Merle Curtis, who continues to be an integral part of the school. All five of his children, J.T., Leon, Deborah, Kathy and Alicia, work at John Curtis Christian School continuing the excellence created by John Curtis Sr.