News & Info from Dr. Downs

Background & History

Dear Pope Community:

I wanted to take a few minutes and introduce myself to you. My name is Dr. Downs and I am the new Principal at Pope High School. It has been a very rewarding summer getting to know the wonderful teachers at Pope. I have also had the opportunity to meet several fantastic parents and have been visited by several Partners in Education.

I am very excited to start the new year and wanted to provide a little background about myself.

I have a strong record of commitment to the Cobb County School District. Most recently, I was the Principal at Lost Mountain Middle School and have been the Assistant Principal at Wheeler High School, Sprayberry High School and Barber Middle School. I have been in the field of education for twenty two years, serving in a variety of capacities ranging from classroom teacher to technology grant administrator.

Before entering administration, I was a Technology Integration Specialist for Cobb County and assisted teachers in the integration of technology into the classroom. My first introduction to technology leadership came while I managed a federal Technology Innovation Challenge Grant at Sprayberry High School from 1997-2002. My Cobb County teaching career began at Sprayberry High School where I taught history and coached soccer and volleyball.

I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Melissa, for 23 years. I have two amazing children in college: Kaitlyn is a junior at the University of Georgia, and Andrew will be a sophomore this fall at Georgia Southern University. Both children graduated from North Cobb High School. I graduated from the University of Georgia and received my Master’s and Specialist degrees from the University of West Georgia. In 2011, I graduated from Lincoln Memorial University with a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Executive Leadership.

I look forward to an exciting new era at Pope High School. Have a great year!

Go Hounds!

Dr. Robert L. Downs

Principal's Advisory Council

The Principal's Advisory Committee is an organization that meets monthly to discuss the social, emotional, educational, and extra-curricular climate and policies of the school. A new Principal means a fresh start but this group of student leaders provides valuable insight into the school and we would like to continue with this great opportunity for feedback and discussion. Deadline for applications is closed and Council members will be informed of selection during the week of Sept 17th. The first meeting is planned for Sept 26th during x-block.