Alan C. Pope High School
|Alan C. Pope High School|
|3001 Hembree Rd.
|Type||Public high school|
|Principal||Dr. Cheryl Hungerford|
|Color(s)||Carolina blue, navy blue, and white|
|Newspaper||The Greyhound Tracks|
Alan C. Pope High School is a public high school located north of Atlanta in East Cobb, Georgia, within unincorporated Cobb County. The school was founded in 1987 and serves approximately 1,888 students in grades 9-12. The school mascot is the greyhound, and the school colors are Carolina blue, navy blue, and gray.
Alan C. Pope was an honor student and athlete in the Cobb County school system who later returned to nearby Sprayberry High School as a coach and teacher himself. He was killed along with his wife and infant son in an automobile accident on November 30, 1975. Twelve years later, the school board named its newest high school in his honor.
The school has seen much growth over the years, including the addition of baseball and softball fields, an additional student parking lot, a dedicated marching band practice field, a greenhouse, and several additions to the main school building itself.
Pope is home of the eight-time girl's slow-pitch softball State Champions in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007, and four-time AAAAA girls soccer State Champions in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 seasons. The Greyhounds also won the 2011 GHSA AAAA Traditional Wrestling Championship, the 2012 GHSA AAAA Dual and Traditional Wrestling Championships, the 2013 GHSA Dual and Traditional Wrestling AAAAA Championships, and the 2014 AAAAA Dual Wrestling Championship.
Beginning with the fall 2012 academic year, Pope was reclassified as a AAAAAA (6A) school.
In 2009 Pope High School won the AAAAA Volleyball State Championship. The volleyball team went on to win the next two state titles in 2010 and 2011 in the AAAA classification. Pope won the Georgia AAAA girls' basketball Championship in 1999.
The Greyhounds became the 2000 state AAAA cross country champions, 2000 boys' state swimming champions, and the 2009 state AAAAA baseball champions. In 2009 Pope's volleyball team won the state AAAAA championship, and in 2010 the volleyball team won the AAAA Championship. Pope was re-classed into 4A in 2010 due to enrollment numbers.
Former baseball standout Brandon Boggs currently plays for the Atlanta Braves; he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 4th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft. Former Pope basketball standout Marc Reece was featured on BET's hit reality television series College Hill and Spike TV's Pros vs. Joes. Former Pope quarterback T.J Yates played football at North Carolina, where he set numerous passing records. Yates was drafted in the fifth round (pick 152) of the 2011 NFL draft by the Houston Texans.
Pope offers the following sports:
- Cheerleading, spirit and competition
- Cross country
- Fast-pitch softball
- Slow-pitch and fast-pitch softball
- Swimming and diving
- Track and field
Pope's Choral Department supports three different choirs that frequently merge on various occasions. These are the Regular Women's (Serenata), Advanced Women's (Bel Canto) and Men's Choir. They regularly sing in locations around Atlanta. In 2001, the Pope Chorus performed at Carnegie Hall.
The Pope Orchestra consists of intermediate and advanced ensembles led by Corie Benton. Members are encouraged to participate in local community ensembles and statewide competitions.
Pope has several different award-winning symphonic bands, as well as a marching band that has competed in competitions including Bands of America.
All or some students from the following schools eventually find their way to Pope High School due to local district boundaries.
- Dodgen Middle School
- Hightower Trail Middle School
- Mountain View Elementary School
- Murdock Elementary School
- Shallowford Falls Elementary School
- Timber Ridge Elementary School
- Tritt Elementary School
- Brandon Boggs, former professional baseball player (Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers)
- Shane Harris, journalist and author
- T.J. Yates, NFL quarterback, Houston Texans
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