Kell High School

Kell High School

Infobox Secondary school

name = Carlton J. Kell High School
(Region 6-AAAAA GHSA)
faculty = 209
est. = 2002
type = Public high school
principal = Mrs. Trudie Donovan
grades = 9–12
address = 4770 Lee Waters Rd.
city = Marietta
state = Georgia
ad = Barry Christensen
country = United States
campus = Suburban
yearbook = The Longhorn
newspaper = The inK wELL
enrollment = 1,940
colors = copper, black, and white
mascot = Longhorn
website = [ KHS]

Carlton J. Kell High School is a public high school in the Cobb County School District in Georgia. The school is located in Marietta, Georgia, just northwest of Atlanta. The school was founded in 2002 and serves 1,940 students in the Cobb County area. It is also an Advanced Placement Certified School. The school mascot is the Longhorn, and the school colors are copper, black, and white. The school has 411 (157 of whom are teachers) staff and faculty in all. [ Kell High School Faculties] As of 2006, the principal is Mrs. Trudie "big bird" Donovan. Among Kell's rivals is Lassiter High School who Kell has defeated in football for the past three years.


Coach Carlton J. "Corky" Kell worked for Cobb County for thirty years and completed a long career as the athletic director for the county. He was the former head football coach at Wheeler High School and was instrumental in creating the High School Football Classic in 1992. The first Classic was the first game ever played inside the Georgia Dome, even before any professional or college team played there. [ [ Georgia Dome - Events & Ticketing - The Kell Powerade Classic ] ]

Student and Faculty Statistics

*16 English teachers
*8 PE teachers
*18 math teachers
*16 science teachers
*14 Social Studies teachers
*24 special education teachers
*20 other faculty
*5 parapro Teachers
*7 fine arts teachers
*12 Career Tech teachers
*10 foreign language teachers
*1 AVID teacherEveryone
*1,940 Students
*157 teachers
*411 staff and faculty in all
*214 school staff
*59 school staff
*198 school faculty
*133 school teachers
*141 actual teachers in all

*Mrs. Trudie Donovan, Principal
*Ms. Dackri Davis, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
*Ms. Susan Stoddard, Assistant administrator
*Mrs. Joceyln Macpherson, Assistant Principal
*Mr. Antwane Nelson, Assistant Principal
*Mr. Angelo Ruggiero, Asst Administrator (.5)Support Staff
*Dr. Donna Lynn Wallis M.D., CCSD East Cobb Area Audiologist
*Mrs. Diane Keegan, Bookkeeper
*Mrs. Lainey Gaines, Front Office Clerk
*Mrs. Debbie Jones, Registrar
*Mrs. Cori Pedraza, PPO Clerk
*Mrs. Jo Ellen Ellis, Sub Office Clerk
*Mrs. Donna Stanley, School Secretary
*Mrs. Maureen Drago, Gudiance Clerk
*Mr. Paul Pursell, CCSD Truancy Court Corrdinator
*Mrs. Janelle Gardner, CCSD Grant Project Cooridinator
*Mr. Paul Trinh,CCSD Titan
*Mrs. Pat Golden,CCSD Transportation Bus Supervisor
*Mrs. Lauren Marks,CCSD Transportation Bus Supervisor
*Ms. Christine Christy, Head Custodian
*Mrs. Christine Lester, Food Manager
*Mr. Randy Resse, Building Engineer
*Ms. kim evans,CCSD Social Worker
*Mrs. Gloria Griffin,CCSD Physcologist
*Mr. Jim Foster,CCSD Electrician
*Mrs. martha lee,CCSD Diagnostician
*Mrs. nancy carr,CCSD Sped Supervisor
*Mrs. Mary Tant, Nurse
*Mr. David McGrath, Director of Bands
*Mr. David Roth, Assistant Director of Bands
*Mrs. Erin Callhan,CCSD Occupational Therapist
*Mrs. Debbie Wright,CCSD Physical Therapist
*Coach Randy Warren, Athletic Trainer
*Officer Jason Cash, Campus Police Officer

Mission and Beliefs

The mission and beliefs of Kell High School have emerged through a process of collaboration bringing together new and existing ideas to form a firm vision that will unite faculty, students, and community leaders and to develop responsible citizens equipped with the necessary communication skills in a nurturing and secure environment to be productive in a changing and diverse society.

Clubs and Organizations

*Anime Club
*Avid After Hours
*Beta Club
*Book Club
*Chess Club
*Computer Club
*Cultural Diversity Club
*Dance Team
*Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)
*Drama Club
*Equestrian Club
*Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
*Fellowship of Christian Athletes
*First Priority
*French Club
*French Honor Society
*Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
*German Club
*German Honor Society
*The Herd (Senior Spirit Club)
*Hiking and Camping Club
*Interact Club
*International Music Club
*Key Club
*Language Club
*Spanish Club
*Latin Club (Junior Classical League)
*Latin Honor Society
*Literary Club
*Math Team
*Model United Nations
*Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society)
*National Arts Honor Society
*National Honor Society
*Naval Junior ROTC
*Prom Committee
*Science Club/Robotics
*Spanish Honor Society
*Spanish Club
*Student Government Association
*Student Views
*Underground Poet Society


*Baseball (Donnie English)
*Football (Derek Cook)
*Boys Soccer (Pat Goeckel)
*Girls Soccer (Sam Hunt)
*Boys Track and Field (Lauren Hines)
*Girls Track and Field (Lauren Hines)
*Boys Golf (Craig Hines)
*Girls Golf (Gena Ridings)
*Fastpitch Softball (Kristy Simpson)
*Slowpitch Softball (Lindsay Faber)
*Girls Lax (Shirley Fisher)
*Boys Lax (John McLaughlin)
*Volleyball (Gena Ridings)
*Swim and Dive (Aaron Lawson)
*Equestrian (Diane Cagle)
*Roller Hockey (John McLaughlin)
*Gymnasticts (Leslie Miller)
*Cross Country (Craig Hines)
*Boys Basketball (Dwayne White)
*Girls Basketball (mike plant)
*Wreslting (Steve Lattizori)
*Cheerleading (Tracey Moore)
*Boys Tennis (Sara Griffin)
*Girls Tennis (Dackri Davis)

Longhorn Baseball

The Kell Longhorn Baseball program is one of the best baseball programs in the country. Recently, Kell has placed 3rd in the state of Georgia and 2nd in their region. They have been to the playoffs two times in the past two years capturing the state runner-up championship in 2005-2006.

Coaches include:
*Donnie English (Head Coach)
*Keith Brown (Assistant Head)
*Keith Golden (Assistant Coach)
*Tommy Meek (Community Varsity Assistant Coach)
*Paul Markley (Head JV Coach)
*William Kiengnier' (Assistant JV Coach)


Video Production

[ Kell Video Production] (abbreviated "KVP") has 3 separate programs, all administrated by Coach Spencer Herron:
*Beef For Brunch (a live news broadcast during the school day)
*Steak Knife (a variety show before school and posted on the website as a podcast)
*Filly Cheeesteak (a show about girl life at Kell posted on the website)

Longhorn Bands

*The Kell Marching [ Band] (a six time regional finalist) has quickly established a unique and positive program. The Marching Band is currently estimated at 145+ members and continues to grow each year, competing at national levels.

*Kell provides a diverse musical education to over 240+ students and includes Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, Winter Guard, Jazz Ensemble and Marching Band. The Percussion Ensemble participated in the 2006 Bands of America National Percussion Festival and The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic bands participated in the 2007 Bands of America National Concert Band Festival held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Wind Symphony has already established a standard of high musical and technical proficiency having received straight superior ratings at every GMEA District XII Festival since the school opened in 2002. The Wind Symphony has also performed in the 2008 GMEA In service held in Savannah, Georgia and the University of Georgia Jan-Fest. The Winterguard placed 15th overall in the open circuit at the 2008 World Guard Championships held in Dayton, Ohio.

*The Director of Bands, Mr. David McGrath (2002-present), was the former Director of Bands at Plymouth-Canton Educational ParkHigh School (1995-2001) located in Canton, Michigan. While there he led the marching band to win the 1999 Grand National Champion award and brought the concert bands to the 2000 Bands of America National Concert Band Festival. Former Assistant Director of Bands at Kell include Ms. Sue Bullock (2002-2005), who is now the Director of Bands at Palmer Middle School located in Cobb County, Mrs. Ginny Markham (2005-2008), who was the former Assistant Director of Bands at Lassiter High School (1999-2004), where she helped them capture the 1998 and 2002 Grand National Champion awards. She is currently the Director of Bands at Allatoona High School located in Acworth, Georgia. The current Assistant Director of Bands, Mr. David Roth (2008-present), was the former Assistant Director of Bands at Kennesaw Mountain High School(2004-2008) and contributed to them capturing 2nd and 3rd place in the Bands of America Grand National Championships in 2004 and 2006 respectively.


*Mr. David McGrath, Director of Bands
*Mr. David Roth, Assistant Director or Bands
*Ms. Sue Bullock (Palmer)
*Mrs. Valerie Stoney (McCleskey)
*Mr. Rick Ditreich (Palmer)
*Mrs. Sarah Ditreich (Palmer)
*Wind Staff: Kathryn Lovetro, Steven Gooden, Justin Stefanavage, Sarah Amodeo, Ashleigh Rider, Patrick Clark, Valarie Stoney
*Percussion staff: Richard and Sarah Dietrich(arrangers), Sean Millman, and Ryan rolls.
*Color Guard staff: Susan Hanngi, Andy Allen, Andria Foersch, Rick Subel, Lindsey Swanson
*Marching staff: Sean McMahon, Rob Lowery, Tara Harris
*Drill Design: Mitch Rogers
*Wind Arrangements: Donnald Hill

Awards and Repertoire

*2008 - American Dreams-"American Dreams" is an abstract look at the concept of the "American Dream." The program is in three parts entitled: Part I - Dreams Imagined, Part II - What If?,and Part III - Dreams Realized. Our 2008 show music combines the orchestral work "Appalacian Spring," by Aaron Copland. Recently the band placed 4th in the Bands of America Murray Kentucky Regional and plan on attending the Bands of America Atlanta Super Regional. The Band also participated in the Make-a-Wish Foundations Parade held in Clayton County Georgia.
*2007 - No Strings Attached- 9th place finalist in Bands of America Atlanta Super Regional, Grand Champion of the Lassiter High School Marching Showcase and Milton High School WCI.
*2006 - Embrace the Night(Night Vision)- (first Super Regional appearance) 8th place finalist in Bands of America Atlanta Super Regional, 7th place finalist in the Bands of America Murfreesboro Regional, Grand Champion of the Lassiter High School Marching Showcase.
*2005 - The Four Freedoms- 3rd place finalist in Bands of America Massilon Regional,(first Grand Champion award) Grand Champion of Lassiter High School Marching Showcase, Grand Champion of Brookwood High School Bronco Marching Classic. The Band also participated in the Festival of Trees Parade held in Atlanta Georgia.
*2004 - Under Cover- 5th place finalist in Bands of America Massilon Regional, 23rd place participant in Bands of America Indianapolis super regional, 5th place finalist in Lassiter High School Marching Showcase
*2003 - Daydreams- (first Bands of America appearance) 12th place participant in Bands of America St. Petersburg Regional, 5th place finalist in Lassiter High School Marching Showcase
*2002 - The Music of Leonard Bernstein"'


Mishandled Funds

In fall of 2003, an audit found that the school had an outstanding debt of $406,919.00 most of which centered on male athletics. Cobb officials forced out principal John Flatt and athletics director Dennis Jordan. Former associate athletics director Todd Downes was suspended from his teaching job for 20 days. Head football coach Greg Vandagriff also was punished for his misuse of the funds and was suspended for 30 days and reassigned to a middle school. [ [ Welcome to ] ]

While fired as coaches,Coach Vandagriff and Coach Downes will stay on as teachers. Mr. Flatt retired after the results of an audit showed he'd overspent as much as $200,000. [ [ Welcome to ] ]

tudent Editorial

The student newspaper, "Inkwell", came under local and national press after a student wrote an editorial stating that homosexuals were not scientifically normal.Fact|date=January 2008 The editorial had been approved by the principal beforehand.Fact|date=January 2008

Feeder Schools


* [ Palmer]
* [ McCleskey]


* [ Blackwell]
* [ Big Shanty]
* [ Chalker]
* [ Keheley]
* [ Kennesaw Primary]
* [ Nicholson]
* [ Pitner]


External links

* [ Official site]

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