Information on some of the best schools in the state of Georgia are in our area, here is some valuable information as well as links to help you make the right choice for your family.

Georgia School Rankings

Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Roswell’s local public schools are part of the Fulton County School System.

Charter schools:

Elementary schools:

    • Esther Jackson Elementary School


    • Hembree Springs Elementary School


    • Mimosa Elementary School



    • Northwood Elementary School


    • Roswell North Elementary School


    • Sweet Apple Elementary School


    • Hillside Elementary School


    • River Eves Elementary School

Middle schools:

    • Crabapple Middle School


    • Elkins Pointe Middle School


    • Holcomb Bridge Middle School

High schools:

Entrance to Roswell High School. The gymnasium (aka the Stinger Dome) is visible with its domed roof.



Private schools

    • Creative Montessori School



    • Chrysalis Experiential Academy



    • Cross of Life Montessori School


    • Eaton Academy


    • Fellowship Christian Academy


    • High Meadows School


    • Queen of Angels Catholic School


    • Village Montessori



    • St. Francis High School


  • Jacob’s Ladder Neurodevelopmental School & Therapy Center


The city is served by Fulton County Schools[5]

Elementary Schools (Grades K-5)[6]


    • Birmingham Falls Elementary School


    • Cogburn Woods Elementary School


    • Crabapple Crossing Elementary School


    • Manning Oaks Elementary School in Alpharetta


    • Mountain Park Elementary School Roswell


    • Summit Hill Elementary School


    • Sweet Apple Elementary School in Roswell

Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)[7]


    • Elkins Pointe Middle School in Roswell


    • Hopewell Middle School


    • Northwestern Middle School

High Schools (Grades 9-12)[8]




  • Cambridge High School in Milton

Various neighborhood and subdivision community associations are represented within the overall East Cobb Civic Association,[20] which promotes dialog between government and community organizations and seeks to shape county government policy and improve the community’s quality of life. The United States Postal Service operates the East Cobb Post Office branch.[21]

Cobb County operates the East Cobb Government Service Center. The center contains a county Police precinct, a Cobb Fire and Emergency Services station, and a Tag (license plate) Office. East Cobb comprises districts 2 and 3 of the Cobb County Commission.[22] Cobb County Public Library operates the East Cobb Library (formerly the Merchant’s Walk Library).

Lassiter High School


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Lassiter High School
Faceless Trojan.png
2601 Shallowford Road Marietta, Georgia,  United States
Coordinates 34°02′27″N 84°28′19″WCoordinates: 34°02′27″N 84°28′19″W
Type Public high school
Motto Reaching Excellence and Climbing Higher
Established 1981
School district Cobb County School District
Principal Dr. Chris Ritchie
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2023
Campus Suburban
Mascot Faceless Trojan
Rivals Sprayberry High School, Walton High School
Newspaper The Laureate’
Yearbook The Odyssey’

Lassiter High School is a public high school located north of Atlanta in Marietta, Georgia, United States.




Lassiter High School was established in 1981. It was awarded the Georgia Public School of Excellence in 1992, 1999, 2008, and 2010. Lassiter’s principal was Chris Shaw in 2008 and 2010 when those School of Excellence awards were named. In 2000, it was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. It also received the Siemens Award as the top Advanced Placement School in the state of Georgia in 2008 and was recognized in USA Today.[citation needed] The school was also recognized by Newsweek Magazine as one of the top public schools in the country in 2007.[citation needed] Mr. Chris Shaw, the previous principal at Lassiter, was recognized as Georgia High School Principal of the year in 2008 by the PTSA.[citation needed] Dr. Chris Richie is currently principal, as of 2010.


Lassiter High School was named for Leamond N. Lassiter who was a member of the Cobb County Board of Education for 12 years and contributed to education in Cobb County during his service. Lassiter’s grandchildren attended the school, and his great grandchildren attended Lassiter in 2008.

Sports and Clubs

Lassiter has won 28 state championships in Georgia High School Association-sanctioned sports.[citation needed] The school’s first team state championship was in girls cross country, won in Fall 1982. The baseball team has won two state championships most recently in 2006. The baseball program won a national championship in 1999.[citation needed] More recently, the baseball team has been the state runner-up 7 times in their 9 appearances in the state finals. The boy’s soccer team was ranked 1st in the Nation during the beginning of the Spring season. The boy’s lacrosse team has won 2 state championships in 2004 and 2006.[citation needed] The girl’s swim team has won back to back to back state championships in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.[citation needed] The girl’s fast pitch softball team won a state championship in 2007.[citation needed] The football program had the associated press coach of the year and offensive player of the year in the state of Georgia in 2008.[citation needed]


The Lassiter High School Marching Band is considered to be one of the best high school bands in the country. This is largely due to their band director, Alfred Watkins, whom their band building is named after. The Trojan Band has won the Bands of America Grand National Championships in 1998 and 2002.[1] The symphonic band (in 1989 and 1996), orchestra (in 2001 and 2008), and percussion ensemble (in 2005) have performed at the Midwest Clinic.[2] The percussion ensemble is due to perform at Midwest in 2011. In November 2007 they took the first place position at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).[citation needed] In 1988, the band received the Sudler Flag of Honor.[citation needed] The band has also been awarded the Sudler Shield.[citation needed] The band has also participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1999, 2004, and 2010, along with the Tournament of Roses Parade in 1988, 2001, and 2005. The band is due to return to the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2013. The Trojan Band has also participated in the King Orange Jamboree Parade in 1986 and 1996. The Lassiter Chorus Program is also a nationally recognized musical organization. The Chorus performed with the Atlanta Symphony Musicians in January of 2013, as a benefit concert for the chorus program. The organization has been known for achieving straight superior ratings throughout Lassiter Chorus history at LGPE.

The Winter Color Guard Program won the 1996 Class A and 1997 Open Class Winter Guard International Championship.


    • Baseball [3] (1999 & 2006 State Champions, 1999 National Champions)




    • Cross Country [6] (State Championships:(Boys 1988)-(Girls 82, 83, 84, 86, 87, 93))



    • Fastpitch Softball [7] (State Runner-up 1997; State Champions 2007)


    • Football [8] (2009, 2012 Region Champions; 1986 Sub-Region A Champions)


    • Golf [9] (Girls State Champions 2001)


    • Gymnastics (Girls) [10] (2009 5th Place State Title, 2010 State Champions)


    • Lacrosse [11] (2004 Co-State Champions, 2005 State Runner-Up, 2006 State Champions, 2007 State Runner-Up, 2010 State Runner-Up)



    • Swimming [13] (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 State Champions, Girls)



    • Rugby union (club sport) (State Champions 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011)


    • Tennis (1996 Girls State Champions, 1998 Girls State Runner Up, 1999,2005 Boys State Champions and 2007 Boys State Runner-Up)





    • Arête Literary Magazine


    • The Laureate (school newspaper)


    • The Odyssey (Yearbook)


    • Academic Team


    • Math Team


    • Anime Club





    • Asian American Association



    • PAC (Politically Active Citizens)


    • Renaissance Student Leadership Team


    • Unite for Sight



    • Lassiter Student Council



    • Spanish Club


    • Spanish National Honor Society


    • Tri-M


    • French National Honor Society


    • Fencing Club




    • Anime Club (aka Mr. T’s personal amusement club)


    • National Honor Society


    • National Social Studies Honor Society


    • English Honor Society


    • Robotics Team





    • Languages of Lassiter


    • Laureate (Newspaper Club)


    • Science Honor Society


    • Spectrum (Lassiter’s GSA)



    • DESIGN Winter Guard existed for two years, 1983 and 1984. In 1983, the group won the South Eastern Color Guard Circuit Silver Medal and the Sweepstakes Award for the most wins in a single season. In 1984, the Design winter guard won the South Eastern Color Guard Circuit Gold Medal and repeated the win of the Sweepstakes Trophy for 27 wins in a single season.

George Walton Comprehensive High School


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George Walton Comprehensive High School
Seal of Walton High School
1590 Bill Murdock Rd. Marietta, Georgia, United States
Coordinates 33°59′20″N 84°26′30″WCoordinates: 33°59′20″N 84°26′30″W
Type Public (charter) high school
Established 1975
Principal Mrs. Judy McNeill
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,636
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red, white, and blue
Mascot Raider
Rival Lassiter High School
Yearbook The Legend’

George Walton Comprehensive High School, usually referred to simply as “Walton High School,” is a public high school located in suburban Marietta, Georgia in the United States. It resides in eastern Cobb County and is a charter school in the Cobb County School District. It is a School of Excellence and one of the top schools academically in Georgia. It is also one of the larger high schools around the East Cobb area. As of the October 2, 2012 FTE count, there were 2,636 students attending Walton, making it the largest in the district by population.

For many years Walton has been among the top high schools in Georgia in SAT scores.[1][broken citation] In 2006, almost 800 Walton students took over 1,800 Advanced Placement exams, making it the school with the greatest number of test-takers in Georgia. Walton was also 1 of 6 featured “Outstanding American High Schools” out of 96 total by U.S.News & World Report in 1999 because of its high parental involvement and overall high level of achievement.[2] Additionally, Walton was ranked 109 in Newsweek’s 2008 “America’s Top Public High Schools” article for the number of Advanced Placement courses taken by students at the school as well as other critical factors. In 2011, Walton was ranked 67 by Newsweek based on new factors: graduation rate (25%), college matriculation rate (25%), AP tests taken per graduate (25%), average SAT/ACT scores (10%), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10%), and AP courses offered (5%).[3]





Mr. Raider leads the football team onto the field before a game.

Construction of Walton High School began in 1973 and opened in 1975. Various sections of the school have been renovated in the past, and entirely new halls have been added continuously, each time with their own distinct type of architecture and style. Throughout these many years of construction, especially in recent years, mobile classrooms, colloquially called “trailers,” were added to accommodate for the classrooms rendered unavailable. A small number are still in use today, primarily for required Health classes and formerly for in school suspension.

Walton has been a Georgia School of Excellence since the program’s creation in 1984 and in the same year was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.[4][5] Walton became a charter school in 1998.[6] This charter, renewed in 2003 and 2008, has allowed Walton to alter and transcend certain regulations the state school board put into place to further academic and extracurricular success.

Dumb & Dumberer

Portions of the 2003 movie Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd were filmed in the Walton auto shop, science rooms, and cafeteria.[7] The basketball gym was painted over with the film’s fictional logo, and to replace it part of the film’s budget went towards buying a new floor for the entire gym, which is still in use today.



The brick denotes the original walls of the school.


Raider Valley pictured with school and parking lots in background.


Walton High School “Raider Mountain” baseball field.

Walton’s campus is not especially large for its number of students, and it resides amidst several suburban neighborhoods. The school building today is a conglomeration of many years of separate renovations: the G Hall and renovated B Hall are each only a few years old, lying on opposite ends of the school, while the Technology Wing (T Hall) remains relatively unchanged after many years. A new rotunda entrance was added at the same time as the B Hall renovation, and the cafeteria was expanded.

Outside of the building, the campus includes football, baseball, softball, and soccer fields, as well as tennis courts. The football and baseball fields are often referred to as Raider Valley and Raider Mountain, respectively, due to their elevation below and above the school. Several parking lots provide spaces for teachers and limited spaces for students. Most seniors are able to receive parking spaces, while juniors must participate in a raffle to receive one. Parking is very complicated, and not well thought out. It takes students (especially in E lot) around fifteen minutes to exit the parking lot. The lower parking lot, or E Lot, is sometimes called Pride Field by marching band members due to it being the band’s practice space during the fall. Prior to its christening as “Pride Field,” the lower lot was known as “The Cage,” as it was surrounded by a chain-link fence.

In 2005, the bleachers for the football field were remodeled to be covered with metal, rather than concrete. A timing tower was erected nearby soon after for the track and field team in honor of Case McKee, a student who died while at Walton in 2004.

Almost directly across the street is Dodgen Middle School, which partially feeds into Walton (a little less than half the students are zoned to go to Pope High School).

Student life

Walton High School contains about 2,800 students in grades 9–12, making it the 4th-largest school in Cobb County. The class of 2012 has 680 students in its class. The class of 2006 contained 572 students, 95% of whom enrolled in a 4-year college or university. The ethnic composition of the school is approximately 79% white, 15% Asian, 4% black, and 2% Hispanic.[8] The average income in the area is over $140,000.[2][9][10] These figures are at least partially due to the many families that move to the district primarily for the educational opportunity.

Most Walton students take 6 classes a semester, making 7 periods a day, including 1 lunch period usually either 3rd, 4th, or 5th. Some students opt to forgo lunch, or “audit,” in place of another academic or elective class. Seniors are allowed the option of “Minimum Day” in which students may only take 5 classes (dropping a lunch period, as well) and leave to go to their occupation outside of school. Also, homeroom, or “advisement,” is between 1st and 2nd period instead of before all classes like in most high school schedules.

Students and parents are also given access to grade, attendance, and behavior reports and updates online at the school website. This, along with the already large parent participation in school activities, organizations, and events, provided for even more parental involvement in each student’s education.

Dodgen and Dickerson Middle Schools are Walton’s feeder schools.

Walton has received national press attention for the intensity of the student attitudes; the students often taken an extra class before school (“zero period”), and every year, some take as many as seven APs, often skipping lunch to do so. A 4.28/4 is commonly the GPA cutoff for the top 10% of the class, and a 3.9/4 for the top 25%[citation needed].



This classroom in the renovated B Hall is used to teach calculus.

121 full-time and 15 part-time teachers are employed at Walton, as well as 7 full-time and 2 part-time administrators. Including other special resource teachers and support staff, Walton has 174 full-time and 21 part-time employees.[8] The student-teacher ratio is 20:1, above the state average of 14:1.[11]


Walton gained charter status in 1998, which was renewed in 2003, 2008, and most recently 2012. Walton’s administration has made several changes to the school’s policy and schedule, among other areas, through this. One of the changes is the Walton Governance Council, which replaces the original local council in matters pertaining to the maintenance of the charter and its renewal every 5 years. This larger and more diverse council was also a change given by the charter itself to better represent its stakeholders (students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others).[8]

Possibly Walton’s most noticeable change is the Walton Enrichment Block, or WEB, which shortens classes one day a week (usually Wednesday) to provide students several hours to complete missed assignments, receive individual instruction, or simply leave early. WEBs only occur on weeks without any other events such as county-mandated teacher workdays or early releases.

Walton also allows students to take additional classes before and after school. Many students today take advantage of 0 Period to take an additional course each day before the normal school day begins. 0 period is also included the “Flex Schedule,” in which students may leave after 6th period by taking a 0 period class, thus still giving six classes and a lunch period. The 8th period adopted in the 2008 charter will likely serve similar purposes as 0 period.[8]

The use of online grade, attendance, and discipline reports on the school’s website is another long-standing addition. Parents are encouraged to visit the site to keep track of their student’s progress and to maintain overall parental involvement in each student’s education. Other changes to Walton’s policy include using textbooks other than those specified by the county and having local control over funds given by the state.

One other significant change Walton makes, though not specifically regulated by the charter, is known as the Incentive policy. If a student has A averages (90–100%) in any classes, he or she may exempt the final exams at the end of the semester for any two of them. The same is allowed if the student has a passing grade and two or fewer absences in that class. Tardies are also included in determining incentive, with three tardies equating to one absence. The student will also receive an additional 10% on each final taken with the attendance incentive.

The petition adopted in 2008 also proposes a new method of evaluating teachers called the “Collaborative Growth Model,” a release from mandated End of Course Test days that conflict with AP exams, and recognition of Project Lead the Way courses as being worthy of half a quality point towards a grade point average.[8]

Extracurricular activities

For students in the school, many clubs, groups, and societies exist for a variety of interests. Walton has, for example, a Beta Club, a National Honor Society, and a Habitat for Humanity group. It also has Young Democrats, Young Conservatives, and a Future Physicians Club.[12] Aside from general interest groups, service clubs, and honor societies, students may participate in various sports, fine arts, and academic organizations.



Walton Helmet with Football.

Walton has won the GADA Dodge AAAAA Directors Cup four times since its creation in 1999 for having superior overall athletic performance[13] and 5 consecutive volleyball championships from 1999 to 2002.[14] In recent years, it has won state championships in the boys’ tennis team Lead by the outgoing team captain Mitch Lyons and girls’ tennis,[13][15] boys’ soccer (2006,2008,2011),[16] and boys’ baseball.[13] In 2004, the Walton Raider football team went undefeated in their region. The Raiders beat Valdosta High School in the state quarter-finals to advance to the state semi-finals at the Georgia Dome, before falling to Parkview High School. In 2007, the Raiders were again region champions, beating the previous state champion and nationally ranked Roswell High School, and the last undefeated team Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in the state quarter-finals to advance to the state semi-finals before falling to North Gwinnett High School at the Georgia Dome.[14] The boys’ curling team started in 2007 won its very first state championship in 2008 after just one year of training the boys’ went on to nationals only to finish in last place. In 2010, the Raider Rugby team won its third straight state high school championship.[17] Raider Rugby is still a club team but is currently working on becoming a school-supported sport.They recently hired new head coach, Jason Payne, the USA U-20 skills coach to help them move to higher levels of rugby.[18]

“Raider Valley”, the home field of the Walton Raiders, went through some major renovations during the summer of 2010. The football team raised enough money to build a whole, new stadium. The Raiders put in a new football field, along with a top of the line jumbo tron score board. The renovations took place all summer and the new turf field will be beneficial to all outdoor activities.[19]

Football Region 6-AAAAA 2008–2010
Subregion A Subregion B
Campbell Alpharetta
Lassiter Centennial
Pope Kell
Walton Milton
Wheeler Roswell


Football Region 5-AAAAA 2011[20]


Football Region Championships[21]
Year Record
1986 11–3 (Region 5-AAAA)
1999 9–2 (Region 6-AAAA)
2003 11–1 (Region 5-AAAAA)
2004 12–2 (Region 6-AAAAA)
2007 12–2 (Region 6-AAAAA)
2008 9–2 (Region 6-AAAAA)
2011 14–1 (Region 6-AAAAA)



Walton’s band and orchestra are composed of over 400 students. Both consistently receive superior ratings at District Large Group Performance Evaluations (LGPE). In 2002, the orchestra performed in New Orleans at the National School Board Association Convention.[22] The Walton Orchestras have conducted several international concert tours, including Italy in the year 2000, Austria in 2004, and a multi-country tour with concerts in Prague, Vienna, and Berlin in 2007. The Walton Philharmonia performed at the Midwest Clinic in 2005, the second time in its history, and two chamber music groups performed in 2008 as the first high school string ensembles to do so. The orchestra continues to break tradition in ways that progressively enhance the image of a high school orchestra. The addition of electronic instruments to the orchestra and a program in which students are encouraged to attend concerts blending rock and orchestral music – such as the upcoming performance of The Machine with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

The band is under the direction of Mike Back, an accomplished musician in Drum Corps International for the Spirit of Atlanta‘s drumline. Jeff Pollock is also an accomplished musician and is the assistant band director. The band at Walton participates in marching competitions as well as the annual District LGPE. In 1998, the Walton Marching Raider Band performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.[23] The Walton Winter Guard won 1st place at Winter Guard International Championships in 2001. Last year, the Walton Indoor Percussion was created and placed 1st at the 2008 SAPA Regional in Macon, GA. This year, the Walton Winter Guard and the Walton Indoor Drumline combined, with their show entitled “Balance,” and competed in the WGI World Championships. The marching band performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 2003. The band marched in the Rose Bowl again on January 1, 2010. In 2005, it performed in front of the USS Missouri in Hawaii and placed 3rd in the Bands of America Regional Competition in Atlanta. In 2006 the band placed 21st at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Competition in Indianapolis. In 2008 and 2009, the band placed 6th in the Bands of America Super Regionals in Atlanta. Band Website As of 2010 the Walton Band has also received the Sudler Shield Award. In 2011, the marching band placed 4th at Bands of America Super Regionals in Atlanta. In 2012, the George Walton High School Marching Band placed 7th at Bands of America Super Regionals in Atlanta, and placed 20th at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Competition in Indianapolis.

Walton’s [1] is composed of four choirs that have performed in the cathedrals of St. Bartholomew and St. Patrick in New York City and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. In Spring 2002, a select choir performed in Carnegie Hall. They have been featured on a local FOX station and have performed in many events around the city. The men’s ensemble performed at the Georgia music educators association meeting in 2007 and the top chorus will be performing at the meeting in 2010. Walton’s nationally acclaimed tour choir will be performing in St. Peter’s Basilica in the spring of 2010.


The Walton Academic Bowl team has won the GATA varsity state championship from 2004 to 2006.[citation needed] It has won numerous prestigious awards and its members were National Champions in 1995.[citation needed] The team also consistently wins the annual High Q competition.

The Science Bowl team won the state championship in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012 and also placed third in the 2005 national competition.[24]

The Math Team has won the state championship 9 times including the three most recent tournaments. Additionally, the team has won numerous tournaments and awards in the past few years. Many of the members are also members of the Georgia ARML team. The Walton MathFest, a math tournament and conference for high school students is hosted by the team in the spring.

Walton Mock Trial has won their regional competition for four years consecutively in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, with many individual students winning awards at both the regional competition and the state competition. The program continues to grow more competitive each year.

Other academic extracurriculars include Debate Team and the Raider Script (magazine).

Alan C. Pope High School


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Alan C. Pope High School
3001 Hembree Rd. Marietta, Georgia, United States
Coordinates 34°01′26″N 84°27′09″WCoordinates: 34°01′26″N 84°27′09″W
Type Public high school
Established 1987
Principal Dr. Robert Downs
Faculty 131 teachers
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,885
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Carolina blue, navy blue, and white
Mascot Greyhound
Newspaper The Greyhound Tracks’
Yearbook Panache’

Alan C. Pope High School is a public high school located north of Atlanta in East Cobb, Georgia, within unincorporated Cobb County. The school was founded in 1987 and serves approximately 1,888 students in grades 9-12. The school mascot is the greyhound, and the school colors are Carolina blue, navy blue, and gray.




Alan C. Pope was an honor student and athlete in the Cobb County school system who later returned to nearby Sprayberry High School as a coach and teacher himself. He was killed along with his wife and infant son in an automobile accident on November 30, 1975. Twelve years later, the school board named its newest high school in his honor. [1]

The school has seen much growth over the years, including the addition of baseball and softball fields, an additional student parking lot, a dedicated marching band practice field, a greenhouse, and several additions to the main school building itself. In latest year the school grounds have gone through a paint job, and minor construction which lead to the creation of the schools culinary wing of the building.

Extracurricular activities



Pope’s athletic teams are known as the Greyhounds (or Lady Greyhounds in the case of female teams). Their athletic rivals include Walton and Lassiter high schools. Pope is home of the 8-time Girl’s Slow-pitch softball State Champions in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, 4-time AAAAA Girls Soccer Champions in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 seasons, The Greyhounds also won 2011 GHSA AAAA Traditional Wrestling championship, the 2012 GHSA AAAA Dual and Traditional Wrestling Championships, and 2013 GHSA Dual and Traditional Wrestling AAAAA Championships.[1] (Beginning with the fall 2012 academic year Pope was reclassified as a AAAAA school).[2] Pope won the Georgia AAAA Girls Basketball Championship in 1999 [3] The Greyhounds became the 2000 state AAAA Cross Country Champions, 2000 boys state swimming champions, and the 2009 state AAAAA baseball champions. In 2009 Pope’s Volleyball team won the state AAAAA championship, and in 2010 the volleyball team won the AAAA Championship (Pope was re-classed into 4A in 2010 due to enrollment numbers).[4] Former baseball standout, Brandon Boggs currently plays for the Texas Rangers. Former Pope basketball standout, Marc Reece, was featured on BET‘s Hit Reality Tevlevision Series College Hill and Spike TV’s Pros vs. Joes. Former Pope quarterback, T.J Yates played football at North Carolina where he set numerous passing records. Yates was drafted in the fifth round (pick 152) of the 2011 NFL draft by the Houston Texans.[5]






    • Fencing – a club sport not recognized by GHSA















Pope’s Choral Department supports three different choirs that frequently merge on various occasions. The choirs consist of the Regular Mixed (Camerata), Intermediate Woman (Bel Canto) and Advanced mixed choir (Chamber) They regularly sing in locations around Atlanta. In 2001, the Pope Chorus performed at Carnegie Hall.

The Pope Orchestra consists of intermediate and advanced ensembles led by Mr. Eric Gray. Members are encouraged to participate in local community ensembles and state-wide competitions.

Pope’s Band consists of several different award winning symphonic bands, as well as a marching band that has competed in such notorious competitions like Bands of America. The band program has been under the direction of Mr. Gary Gribble since the school was formed in 1987. Assistant band director is former Pope Alumnus Josh Rudolph.

Clubs and organizations

A comprehensive list of clubs and organizations [2] is too numerous to list here, but some of the more recognizable organizations include:


    • Ambassadors, Juniors and Seniors who guide Freshman through their first year of high school.


    • Arrive Alive, which promotes awareness of the risks of drunk driving


    • Beta Club, an honor society for juniors and seniors


    • Book Club, for students who want to enrich their literary experience


    • Chess Club


    • Young Republicans, for students who wish to be active participants in the democratic process.


    • Speech and Debate Team, a highly successful academic club that regularly places highly in tournaments across the state and even at national levels.


    • Fencing Club Pope began competing in the Georgia High School Fencing League (GHSFL) in 2007/08. In the 2012/13 season Pope won both the women’s and the men’s events at the GHSFL Team Championship, Pope’s Katie Van Riper and Christi Nakajima took first and second place respectively in the Women’s Individual Championship, and Jake Wachtel took second place in the Men’s Individual Championship.


    • Young Democrats, for students who wish to be more active in the local democratic scene.


    • Drama Club, for students interested in drama and theatre production. Drama Club is responsible for putting up shows for students who are not in a Drama class to participate in.


    • Foreign Languages of Pope (FLOP) Combines all the various languages taught at the school into one ‘super club’


    • Math Team and Mu Alpha Theta, which promote interest and participation in math-related games and activities




    • Interact


    • Philosophy Club







    • Odyssey of the Mind The Pope Odyssey of the Mind Team has been to World finals every year since its inception in 2001. They have won 6 State Titles including a recent victory in the Ancient Egypt problem. [3]


    • Greyhound Rugby Football Club Won the 2006 Georgia High School Rugby State Championship, came 5th in the 2006 South High School Championships, and placed 4th in state in the 2008 season. The 8-pack consisting of super powered front row, Drew Rollins, Britt Bowen, and Sleepy was one of the most notable 8 packs of the south. website


    • Just Friends, for students who want to help with Special Education and Special Olympics

Feeder schools

All or some students from the following schools eventually find their way to Pope High School due to local district boundaries.



    • Mountain View Elementary School


    • Murdock Elementary School


    • Shallowford Falls Elementary School


    • Timber Ridge Elementary School


  • Tritt Elementary School