A new high school, scheduled to open in August 2018 in South Hall, doesn’t yet have a name, but it now has an athletic director.
Principal Wes McGee said Wednesday he has selected Flowery Branch assistant principal Kenny Hill as the athletic director for the new school.
Hill is in his 24th year with Hall County Schools, starting as an assistant football coach and English teacher at Johnson High School in 1993.
He moved to Flowery Branch as a coach and teacher when that school opened in 2002.
He later became assistant principal and athletic director at Davis Middle School, before returning to Flowery Branch as an assistant principal.
He started his fifth year back at Flowery Branch this week.
“Obviously, AD was one of the priorities,” McGee said. “I asked around, talked to different principals, folks within the county, coaches and his name came up more than one time. So doing a little research on his background, he’s had an excellent career in coaching, teaching, administration.
“He’s passionate about what he does,” McGee added. “He gives it absolutely 110 percent. It didn’t take long to realize that the kids absolutely love Kenny Hill and so do the teachers. When you put all of those pieces together and the knowledge that he has in athletics, to me, it made sense.”
Hill said he is excited about the new challenge.
“That was what got me into education was athletics,” Hill said. “It was an opportunity to get back closer to what initially brought me in. It’s always been an important part of my life, and to be able to start something new that’s going to last long after I am gone is pretty exciting.”
While he will continue his current job at Flowery Branch, Hill said he will also be looking ahead and working in his role with the new school. Already, he said he is often waking up at 4:30 a.m. thinking about the new athletic department he will lead.
“I’m kind of wearing two hats at once,” he said. “I wouldn’t be 100 percent honest with you if I didn’t tell you I was already planning out who am I going to go watch coach a softball game, so that I can see them in action, or who I am going to watch play a volleyball match.
“If we have an off Friday night here at Flowery Branch, where do I want to go and is there a coach that I want to see do their thing? We’re just taking things step by step and looking forward to trying to come out full speed in August next year,” he added. “You want coaches to be able to build their staffs, so that comes into figuring in your staff as a school.”
Flowery Branch Principal Jason Carter called the selection of his assistant principal for the new school “bittersweet.”
“When Wes came and asked me about Kenny, he asked me what would I do if I was in his shoes,” Carter said. “I said, ‘If I was you and knowing what I know about Kenny Hill, it would be a no-brainer; he would be the person I would hire.’ Kenny relates to the kids really well; he’s worked in athletics most of his career prior to going into administration; he understands that side of it. He’s great with community, great with parents. He’s worked in this community now for 15 or 16 years, he’s well-received and well-liked. I just think he’s going to be a great asset for the new school.”
The new school and a feeder middle school is scheduled to open in August 2018 on the site where Flowery Branch High is now located. Flowery Branch High is moving back to the current Davis Middle School, Davis is moving back to the current South Hall Middle and South Hall Middle is returning to its former home at the Academies of Discovery.