Alan C. Pope High School is a top Cobb County public high school located in East Cobb, Georgia, within unincorporated Cobb County. The school 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
Pope’s athletic teams are known as the Greyhounds (or Lady Greyhounds in the case of female teams). Their athletic rivals include Walton and Lassiter high schools. Pope is home of the 8-time Girl’s Slow-pitch softball State Champions in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, 4-time AAAAA Girls Soccer Champions in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 seasons, state AAAA Girls Basketball Champions, 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 Texas Rangers. 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’s Choral Department supports three different choirs that frequently merge on various occasions. The choirs consist of the Regular Mixed (Camerata), Intermediate Woman (Bel Canto) and Advanced mixed choir (Chamber) 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 Mr. Eric Gray. Members are encouraged to participate in local community ensembles and state-wide competitions.
Pope’s Band consists of several different award winning symphonic bands, as well as a marching band that has competed in such notorious competitions like Bands of America. The band program has been under the direction of Mr. Gary Gribble since the school was formed in 1987. Assistant band director is former Pope Alumnus Josh Rudolph.
The Pope Drama Department is divided into five distinct areas: Drama I, Drama II, Musical Theater, Play Production, and Drama Club.
In Drama I, students learn basic acting and technical skills. Drama II students learn advanced skills and techniques. In Spring semester of 2006, the class put on Chicago: A Musical Revue. Musical Theater class is for those who love to sing, act, and dance; often at the same time. This class is offered only in the Spring semester. Most recently, Musical Theater put on the 1975 Broadway musical, A Chorus Line.
Play Production is the most advanced theatrical class offered at Pope High School. They’ve competed in One-Act Competitions, earning second place in the 2003 and 2004 competitions. The class puts on at least two productions throughout the year. Most recently, the Play Production class did Dracula: A Comedy. In Spring 2007, Play Production put up the classic comedy Harvey.
After both productions had been completed in Spring 07, students were seen putting up independent shows, such as The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and the black-box theater comedy The Foreigner.
Clubs and Organizations
Pope High has a diverse list of clubs and organizations – these are some of the more recognizable organizations:
- Academic Bowl Team
- Ambassadors, Juniors and Seniors who guide Freshman through their first year of high school.
- Arrive Alive, which promotes awareness of the risks of drunk driving
- Beta Club, an honor society for juniors and seniors
- Book Club, for students who want to enrich their literary experience
- Chess Club
- Young Republicans, for students who wish to be active participants in the democratic process.
- Speech and Debate Team, a highly successful academic club that regularly places highly in tournaments across the state and even at national levels.
- Fencing Club Pope began competing in the Georgia High School Fencing League (GHSFL) in 2007/08. In the 2011/12 season Pope won the GHSFL Women’s Team Championship, Pope’s Katie Van Riper won the Women’s Individual Championship, and the men took 2nd place in the Men’s Team Championship.
- Drama Club, for students interested in drama and theatre production. Drama Club is responsible for putting up shows for students who are not in a Drama class to participate in.
- Foreign Languages of Pope (FLOP) Combines all the various languages taught at the school into one ‘super club’
- Math Team and Mu Alpha Theta, which promote interest and participation in math-related games and activities
- Future Business Leaders of America
- Habitat for Humanity
- Philosophy Club
- Model UN
- National Honor Society
- French Honor Society
- Spanish Honor Society
- Student Government Association, a.k.a. Greyhound Connection
- Odyssey of the Mind The Pope Odyssey of the Mind Team has been to World finals every year since its inception in 2001. They have won 6 State Titles including a recent victory in the Ancient Egypt problem.
- Greyhound Rugby Football Club Won the 2006 Georgia High School Rugby State Championship, came 5th in the 2006 South High School Championships, and placed 4th in state in the 2008 season. The 8-pack consisting of super powered front row, Drew Rollins, Britt Bowen, and Sleepy was one of the most notable 8 packs of the south.
Pope High – Feeder schools
Some or all of the students from the following Cobb elementary and Cobb middle schools will find their way to Pope High School depending on where their home address falls within local district boundaries.