Kennesaw Mountain High School

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Kennesaw Mountain High School
1898 Kennesaw Due West Road NW
Kennesaw, Georgia 30152
United States
Coordinates 33°59′56″N 84°37′26″W / 33.999°N 84.624°W / 33.999; -84.624Coordinates: 33°59′56″N 84°37′26″W / 33.999°N 84.624°W / 33.999; -84.624
Established 2000
School district Cobb County School District
Principal Mark Trachtenbroit
Teaching staff 120.70 (FTE)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,143 (2016-2017)
Student to teacher ratio 17.91
Language English
Color(s) Dark green, silver, and black             
Nickname Mustangs
Rival Harrison High School
Average SAT scores (2008) 1536
Kennesaw Mountain High School

Kennesaw Mountain High School (KMHS) is a public high school located in Kennesaw, Cobb County, Georgia, United States. It was founded in 2000 as a magnet school specializing in science and mathematics, and is one of sixteen high schools in the Cobb County School District.



Kennesaw Mountain High School, named after Kenesaw Mountain Landis, was founded in 2000. The 323,727-square-foot (30,075.2 m2) high school, built on a 75-acre (300,000 m2) site, was intended to have a capacity of 2,000 students, but due to the rapid population growth in Cobb County, the school quickly became overcrowded. Before the school was built, juniors, as opposed to freshman and sophomores, from Harrison High School (the main output) were given the choice whether to stay at their current school or change to Kennesaw Mountain. Approximately 240 juniors decided to change, which was much more than expected.[2]


Construction of the five buildings at the campus began in August 1999 and was completed in 14 months. The design, by Passantino & Bavier, Inc., used steel bowstring joists to allow for an arched roofline and the 140-foot (43 m) clear span required for the gymnasium. Design and construction of the campus is the only Georgia project featured by the Steel Joist Institute.[3]

Magnet Program[edit]

The Academy of Mathematics, Science, & Technology at Kennesaw Mountain is one of six magnet schools at the high school level in the Cobb County School District. The Magnet Program at Kennesaw Mountain currently provides the following classes:

  • Math: Accelerated CCGPS Coordinate Algebra/Analytic Geometry A, Accelerated CCGPS Analytic Geometry B/Advanced Algebra, Honors Algebra 2, Honors Analytic Geometry,Accelerated CCGPS Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus, Advanced Mathematical Topics, Georgia Tech Math
  • Science: Magnet Biology, Magnet Chemistry, AP Physics 1, AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Honors Biochemistry, Honors Anatomy, Honors Zoology, AP Physics C Mechanics, Advanced DNA and Genetics, Triple Play Combined Class (Honors Anatomy/AP Biology/Advanced DNA and Genetics), Magnet Research and Internship
  • Technology: Introduction to Digital Technology, Introduction to Computer Principles, AP Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles

For most magnet courses, students are given an extra 0.5 on their GPA. This half point is honored on report cards and county rankings; however, this is not taken into account upon the calculation of GPA for HOPE or college applications.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Marching band[edit]

The Kennesaw Mountain High School marching band prior to their performance at the 2005 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Kennesaw Mountain High School is well-known for having one of the best high school marching bands in the nation. The band marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2005 and has been a Finalist in the Bands of America Grand National Championships every time they have competed there -- five times. Its achievements were recognized by the 2005-2006 Georgia State legislative session.[4]

Year Show Atlanta Super Regional Grand Nationals
Placement Score Placement Score
2002-03 "The Canvas" 2nd 90.00 7th 87.40
2003-04 "Four" 1st 87.05 4th 93.05
2004-05 "Evolution" 3rd 88.00 2nd 94.35
2005-06 * "Wicked" - - - -
2006-07 "Stages" 3rd 90.00 3rd 95.00
2007-08 "Picture This" 2nd 90.10 - -
2008-09 "The Gift" 1st 87.45 8th 91.60
2009-10 " Unlocking Destiny" - - - -

* = The band played in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.[5]


The Mustangs are a member of GHSA and participate in Region 3-AAAAAAA. KMHS offers football, softball, cross country, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, swimming and diving, baseball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track and field.


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