Campbell High School (Georgia)

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Campbell High School
Campbell High School Logo.png
5265 Ward Street
Smyrna, Georgia 30080
United States
Coordinates 33°53′21″N 84°31′35″W / 33.889157°N 84.526475°W / 33.889157; -84.526475Coordinates: 33°53′21″N 84°31′35″W / 33.889157°N 84.526475°W / 33.889157; -84.526475
Type Public High School; International Baccalaureate Magnet School
Motto "Learning Today for Tomorrow's World."
Established 1952
School district Cobb County School District
Principal Jeanne Walker
Teaching staff 138 (FTE)[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,669[1] (2015–16)
Student to teacher ratio 19.34[1]
Campus Suburban[1]
Color(s) Blue and Silver         
Nickname Spartans
Newspaper The Spartan Chronicles

Campbell High School is located 5 miles Northwest of Downtown Atlanta. It is located on a rectangular campus in Smyrna, Georgia. It is part of the Cobb County School District. Campbell High School implemented the IB Diploma Program in 1997, serving as a magnet school for the Cobb County School District.


The current Main Entrance of Campbell High, the Nash Entrance and 2000 Building visible on horizon

The school was named after Orme Campbell, the mother of the man who donated the land on which the original school was built, with the stipulation that the name of the school could never be changed. Orme Campbell High School opened in 1952 with the merger of Smyrna High School and Fitzhugh Lee High School. It opened with a total of 425 students in grades 8-11.

In 1989, Orme Campbell High School and F.T. Wills High School merged to form Smyrna High School. Prior to the merger, Campbell students were known as the Green and White "Panthers" and Wills students were known as the Red and Black "Tigers". The students united in selecting new colors, royal blue and silver, and a new mascot, the "Spartans".

In 1990, the courts overruled the name change of the school (due to stipulations in the original deed restrictions on the property that the school sited there must be named for the Campbell family), and the name "Campbell High School" was reinstated. Since the ruling pertained only to the school name, it was decided the new colors and the new mascot would be left unchanged. In 1997, the school was relocated to the site of the original Wills High School because of rapid growth, but retained the Campbell name in order to maintain a consistent identity.[3]

South Main Entrance of Campbell, formerly the Front Entrance of Wills High School


The breakdown of the 2,576 students enrolled for the 2015-2016 school year:

  • Male - 48.7%
  • Female - 51.3%
  • Native American/Alaskan - 0.0%
  • Asian/Pacific islander - 3.9%
  • Black - 43.6%
  • Hispanic - 32.4%
  • White - 16.1%
  • Multiracial - 3.9%

By grade: 9th Grade 31.7%; 10th Grade 26.1%; 11th Grade 21.2%; 12th Grade 20.9%.

Source - Cobb County's Diversity Enrollment Data

International Baccalaureate Program

In Fall of 1997, Campbell implemented the International Baccalaureate Program IB to function as a magnet program in Cobb County. The program, currently under the leadership of Dan Penick and Max Jones, has had extremely high scores on IB exams. The average Campbell IB Exam score is 5.30 compared to 4.79 worldwide. The CHS IB pass rate in 2014 was 98% and in 2015 was 88%. To compare, in 2014, the pass rate in Georgia was 66%, 76% in the US, and 80% worldwide. In 2015, the pass rate worldwide was 80%.

Students throughout Cobb County apply to the IB program during the fall of their 8th grade year. Cobb County Magnet Programs If accepted, students are enrolled in a rigorous curriculum in 9th and 10th grade during which they complete the majority of the Georgia required courses for graduation. In 11th and 12th grades, the students are enrolled in the IB Diploma curriculum.

Notable alumni


Over 15 hallways and 6 buildings make up Campbell High School. The main building is composed of the original Nash Middle School and Wills High School buildings, connected by a media center, main office suites, the Livingston Auditorium, and the dining hall. The 1000 Building (Science) is at the rear of the school, adjacent to the Fieldhouse.

The northern half of the main building is the old Nash Middle building, as seen from Ward Street above.

Along the northern end of campus sits the newly constructed (January 2008) 2000 Building, which replaced 12 portable classrooms and added many courses the school had previously not offered. Adjacent to that building stand the new greenhouse and horticulture buildings.

In 2007, new Fine Arts classes were built, and others moved to make room for the growing programs at Campbell. The state-of-the-art Band Hall holds 7 practice rooms, 5 instrument/uniform storage rooms, a connected office/music library, as well as the vast main room. The Band and Choral Halls were constructed using the same standards as Allatoona High, the newest prototype high school in the county. The old Band Room was renovated and expanded, making room for the Campbell Orchestra, while the Campbell Drama Department found a new home within the old Choral and Orchestra Suites, which have been modified to create a Black-Box Theater and a Technical Theater classroom. In addition to the new small theater, the school's Drama Department still maintains its original Black-Box, recently christened "The Asylum Black-Box Theatre at Campbell High School".

McDaniel Stadium (refurbished with new artificial turf and other amenities in the Fall of 2010), sits at the rear of the school. It runs parallel to the connected back parking lot and Bus Port, which functions as the practice field for the Spartan Marching Band in the Fall. Across Ward Street from the Main Office are the tennis courts and practice fields, as well as athletic fields for both softball and baseball.

IDEA Academy

A concept already implemented at other schools throughout the county, Campbell began a Ninth Grade Academy in the fall of 2008. The program is structured to provide a smooth transition from middle school to high school. Housed in the 2000 building, students each have Advisement and most of their Core Classes here, the exception being Freshmen in the IB Program—PIB classes are still housed within their departments around campus. The Academy creates a small, central learning community within the Campbell High community, slowly transitioning Freshmen into high school with different social activities and opportunities to become involved at Campbell. By the end of the second semester, the students exit the academy and join the rest of the pupils at Campbell, making room for the next class at the IDEA Academy. The students primarily come from Campbell and Griffin Middle Schools, though the IB Program brings students from all over the county.


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  2. ^ "Cobb County School District Enrollment Data". Retrieved 12 May 2016.
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  4. ^ Rodney Ho (January 23, 2017). "Atlanta native McKinley Belcher III ('Mercy Street') visits Campbell High School | Radio and TV Talk". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  5. ^ "TAY GLOVER-WRIGHT". Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  6. ^ "Tennessee-Chattanooga profile". Archived from the original on 2013-02-16.
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