Kell High School

  • Kell High School serves 1,483 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 52% (which is higher than the Georgia state average of 41%) for the 2015-16 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 60% (which is higher than the Georgia state average of 40%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • Kell High School placed in the top 20% of all schools in Georgia for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 30%, and reading proficiency is top 20%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is higher than the Georgia state level of 16:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 44% of the student body (majority Black), which is lower than the Georgia state average of 59%.

Top Placements

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School Overview

  • Kell High School's student population of 1,483 students has declined by 5% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 83 teachers has declined by 9% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,483 students
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Total Classroom Teachers83 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Kell High School is ranked within the top 20% of all 2,174 schools in Georgia (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has increased from 17:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Kell High School is 0.61, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.41. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2015-2016 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (GA)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
52%
41%
Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
60%
40%
Student : Teacher Ratio18:116:1
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Asian
1%
4%
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Hispanic
16%
15%
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Black
24%
37%
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White
56%
41%
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Two or more races
3%
3%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Kell High School and the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Georgia by year.GA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.610.41
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Graduation Rate
85%
81%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
26%
57%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
5%
5%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameCobb County School District
Source: 2015-2016 (latest school 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.

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