About School


Carlton J. Kell High School received its first students in August, 2002. The school was named for Carlton "Corky" Kell, a highly respected coach and athletic director for the Cobb County School District. In 1965, Coach Kell started the girl's basketball program at Wheeler High School; he remained the girl's basketball coach for eleven seasons and was recognized by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association as the Girl's Basketball Coach of the Year for 1972. Coach Kell is best remembered for his excellence as the football coach of Wheeler High School, where he coached for eight seasons. Indeed, the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association named him as Georgia's Football Coach of the Year four different times. Shortly after leaving coaching, he was appointed the Athletic Director for the Cobb County School District and remained in that position until his retirement.

The mascot is the LONGHORN. The mascot was chosen by Mrs. Carole Kell and student representatives in February, 2001. A graphic artist was invited to the meeting, and she developed the official school logo pictured at right. The mission of the group was to come up with something original that would be a distinguishing mascot and logo for the school. The Longhorn and colors were picked for the following reasons:

  • At the time of it's establishment, Kell High School was the only school with a Longhorn mascot in the state of Georgia.
  • No other high school in Georgia uses these colors.
  • The design is very unique (can you see the KHS?)
  • The color ("Texas Orange") is very similar to "Copper," and Corky Kell was born and is buried in Copper Hill, Tennessee.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kell used to have a farm in North Georgia where they had cattle, including 3 Longhorn steer.

Kell High School is located in northeastern Cobb County on approximately sixty-four acres. The school's physical facilities and appearance are superb. In fact, the physical structure of the school has been used as a model for the Cobb County School District, as well as the State of Georgia.

The school affords its constituents a broad spectrum of learning opportunities. Core curriculum courses are complemented by an array of fine arts programs, vocational programs, foreign language courses, honors and advanced placement offerings, and athletic activities. The school's outstanding faculty and staff provide exceptional educational experiences for its students.

Dr. Peter Giles, Principal

Kell Mission & Vision Statements


One Team, One Goal, Student Success!


To inspire each Longhorn to fulfill their unique potential!

Virtual Tour of Kell

Feeder Schools


Blackwell Elementary

Chalker Elementary

Keheley Elementary

Nicholson Elementary


McCleskey Middle

Palmer Middle