Walter W. Johnson graduated from Central at age 15 and became a developer of the south Minnequa Heights area near the home he and his wife built. He also worked as an insurance carrier, becoming a supervisor. He was elected to the Board of School District 20 in 1937 and was chairman from 1939 to 1943. He served in the state senate for two four-year terms starting in 1940. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Colorado in 1948 and became Governor in April of 1950 when Governor Knous resigned to become a federal district judge. During his brief time as Governor, Johnson was noted for frugality and saved taxpayers nearly three quarters of a million dollars.