News & Info from Dr. Downs

Background & History

Dear Pope Community:

Welcome to Pope High School for the 2014-2015 school year. The Faculty and Staff at Pope are all excited to start a new school year.   It has been a very rewarding summer hiring several new teachers for Pope.

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. Prior to being at Pope, 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 four 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 25 years! I have two amazing children in their early 20s- Kaitlyn and Andrew. 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 third year at Pope High School. Have a great year!

Go Hounds!

Dr. Robert L. Downs
Principal