4010 King Springs Rd. | Smyrna, GA  30082
Office: (678) 842-6917 | Fax: (678) 842-6919
Registration/Records Fax: (678) 842-6924

A Message from Mr. Paul Gillihan Principal


January 2017

Dear Griffin Wildcats,

Happy New Year! As we start 2017, it is important to stop and reflect on where we are, where we have been, and where we are going. It is hard to believe that just two short years ago, I was interviewing to become principal of this great school.  

During these two years, we have accomplished many great things on our journey to grow our students into the best young adults around. With the help of our strong parent organizations, as well as a supportive community, we are moving forward with several new initiatives. One initiative, is the renovation of the outdoor classroom.  Starting in January, we will also be streamlining our community service opportunities with a renewed focus on giving back to those in our area. Our expanded student organizations will spear head several events to help support some of the great work going on, such as Habitat for Humanity and the Smyrna Food Bank. We have used the feedback from school surveys to guide us as we develop our strategic plan, and now we are working to ensure that this plan, as well as our long range plans, are being accomplished.

I am so proud of our staff for all of the hard work they do on a daily basis to ensure that all students are receiving engaging and rigorous lessons.  I am proud of our students as they never cease to amaze me with what they do each day and what they have accomplished. Our parents and community members have gone above and beyond to support our school – this past December our Griffin Foundation gave out more than $12,000 in teacher grants which goes directly to student engagement and learning.

As we watch with excitement and awe to have one of our former students Shane Kimbrough presently orbiting on the International Space Station, we continually challenge our students to reach for the stars every day at Griffin– who knows, it may be one of them up there in space one day!


Paul Gillihan, Principal, Griffin Middle School