Kell High School

Kell High School serves 1,568 students in grades 9-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the GA average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 38% of the student body (majority Black), which is less than the state average of 56%.
Kell High School operates within the Cobb County School District.
The school district's 78% graduation rate is higher than the GA state average of 66%.


The student population of 1568 students has declined by 19% over five years.
The teacher population of 92 teachers has declined by 22% over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 1,568 students
Gender % 52% Male / 48%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 92 teachers
Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.56 is more than the state average of 0.40. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (GA) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 17:1 15:1
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.56 0.40
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
Eligible for Reduced
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.

District Comparison

The district's student population of 114,317 students has grown by 6% over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 78% has decreased from 96% over five years.
The district revenue/student of $10,375 is higher than the state average of $9,939. The district revenue/student has grown by 5% over four years.
The district spending/student of $10,180 is less than the state average of $10,367. The district spending/student has grown by 10% over four years.
School District Name Cobb County School District
Number of Schools
Number of Students Managed 114,317 3,197
Graduation Rate 78% 66%
District Total Revenue $1,108 MM $34 MM
District Spending $1,087 MM $36 MM
District Revenue / Student $10,375 $9,939
District Spending / Student $10,180 $10,367
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2013 (latest year available) NCES, GA Dept. of Education

School Notes:

  • Kell High School is located at 4770 Lee Waters Road in Marietta, Georgia and is in the Cobb County School District. Kell's biggest rival is Lassiter. Kell opened in 2002.
  • Athletics: Kell is known for winning the 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 fast pitch softball state championships led by then-coach Todd Downes. They placed second in the state in baseball in the 2006 season led by head coach Donnie English. Kell's slowpitch softball team made it to state led by coach Shanna Estes in the 2006-2007.
  • Kell offers the following sports: Boys Basketball (2006 runner up in state); Girls Basketball; Equestrian; Boys Soccer; Girls Soccer; Boys Golf; Girls Golf; Football (2005 state playoffs 3rd overall); Fast pitch softball (2003,2004,2005,2006 state champs); Slow pitch softball (2006 state finals); Baseball (2005 State Runner Up); Girls Tennis; Boys Tennis; Boys Track and Field; Girls Track and field (2006 regional champions); Swim and Dive; Volleyball; Wrestling (2005 state champs); Cross Country (2006 state meet 16 overall); Boys Lacrosse (2006 state finals); Girls Lacrosse; Competition Cheerleading.
  • The Firings: Kell High Coach Reaches Settlement (WSB Radio) -- WSB News has learned that one of three Kell High School coaches, fired for the alleged misuse of school funds, has settled his dispute. Dennis Jordan, fired from his position as the Kell Longhorns' athletic director and head baseball coach, was scheduled for a hearing today. The hearing has been cancelled.
  • Details of the settlement have not been released, but WSB's Bob Parlante has been told that Jordan will not get his job back or any financial compensation.
  • The other coaches, head football coach Greg Vandagriff and head fast-pitch softball coach Todd Downes, has hearings scheduled for next month.
  • However, Cobb County school officials are hoping to reach a settlement prior to the hearings.
  • Former Kell High Principal John Flatt has admitted that he mishandled hundreds of thousands of dollars in school money and has said the three coaches fired in the aftermath didn't deserve to lose their jobs.
  • While fired as coaches, Vandagriff and Downes will stay on as teachers. Flatt says he was forced to retire after the results of an audit showed he'd overspent as much as $200,000.
  • Kell Names Donnie English as Baseball Head Coach: Osborne Veteran Returns to Cobb to Helm Longhorns. Donnie English, one of the most successful baseball coaches in Cobb County history, has been named head coach for the Kell High School baseball program. English retired in 2001 after a 29-year tenure at Osborne High School and returns to Cobb after coaching at Douglas County High School for the past three years. English and his Osborne teams won an impressive eight regional championships and five sub-region titles between 1975 and 1997, with a number of players drafted by Major League Baseball teams including Todd Jones, relief pitcher for the Florida Marlins. Kell Principal Dr. Michael Johnson, assistant principal and athletic director Roger McClure, and three representatives of the Kell baseball booster club all participated in interviewing candidates for the coaching job and agreed that English was an excellent choice to lead Kell back onto the diamond. Dr. Johnson is excited about what English brings to the Longhorns team and said, “Donnie English is one of the premier baseball coaches in Cobb County. We are fortunate to get him to work with us and he will continue the tradition that Kell has started.†English is confident about Kell’s team and what they can do in 2005. “They have good kids who are excited about playing baseball and that’s part of why I wanted to come to Kell,†said English. “They are a young team with lots of players returning and we want to build on what they accomplished last year.†The Longhorns Varsity baseball team earned a 15-11 record in 2004, finishing over .500 in their first year of eligibility in region 5-AAAAA. Kell will compete in region 6-AAAAA in 2005 along with Lassiter, Pope, Alpharetta, Cherokee, Canton, Marietta, Milton, Roswell, Sequoyah, and Woodstock high schools.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Lassiter High School (2.8 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Mccleskey Middle School (1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Nicholson Elementary School (0.9 miles away)
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    MariettaGA 30066
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    1985 Kemp Rd
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    2400 Rocky Mountain Rd Ne
    MariettaGA 30066
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    2433 Jamerson Rd
    MariettaGA 30066
    2.1 mi | Gr. PK-5 | 523 students                      

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