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Greetings Parents and Students:         

I am honored and humbled to serve as the Principal of the Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School. I am looking forward to working hand in hand with students, parents, and community advocates to ensure that each of our students has the opportunity to maximize their high school experience. I remain energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our students.

This year the D.M. Therrell campus will transition from three independent schools to one traditional high school. This is an exciting time for our faculty and staff.

Our work at D.M. Therrell High School will be guided by the belief that all children can reach high levels of achievement if we engage them in a student-centered environment by focusing on their individual strengths, providing them with comprehensive academic and social support, and immersing them in a culture of compassion and achievement. Our mission is to create a student-centered environment for students: an environment that will challenge them to maintain high levels of motivation and achievement through discipline, structure, respect, perseverance, scholarship, and excellence. We know that each child is different and deserves success. We believe that every learner is unique and we will strive to accommodate and inspire the special interests, talents, and strengths in each of our students
through the delivery of an innovative, differentiated, and rigorous educational program.

It is my hope that all students get involved in our school through athletics, music, drama, student leadership, community volunteerism and other school activities. Working together, we can ensure that the students of D.M. Therrell continue to achieve their highest potential in the classroom, gym, on stage or on the field. Your involvement, partnership and support are greatly appreciated during the school year as we work to build and maintain strong academic and support programs.

While academic achievement remains our top priority, we also believe it is vitally important that our students are able to grow socially by having positive interactions with peers and adults. Students at D.M. Therrell High School will be encouraged to embrace honesty, integrity, hard work, respect for all and community service as keys to success. In addition to the student-centered academic environment that we will provide, students will also be engaged in a character development and community service focus to foster personal responsibility and growth.

Education is a partnership between the school, students, parents and the community. The Open House schedule for all APS high schools is on Friday, August 1, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please come and meet with our teachers and staff. All students are more successful when we work together as a team to achieve educational goals. I am confident that this will be an outstanding school year and look forward to partnering with you to continue the Daniel McLaughlin Therrell tradition of academic excellence!

In support of our children,


Shelly H. Powell, Principal

In order to promote and support an effective learning environment, The Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School campus will continue to implement the mandatory uniform policy for all students. Please ensure that your son/daughter is in daily compliance with this expectation.

District Announcements

  • 2014 OPEN HOUSE 

    APS will host districtwide open houses at all schools on Friday, August 1st.
    High School:  1pm - 3pm
    Middle School:  3pm - 5pm
    Elementary School:  5pm - 7pm 
    We look forward to seeing you at open house! 
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    July 23-25 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & July 28 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Registration will take place at your zoned school.  
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  • Dear Atlanta Public Schools Class of 2014,


    You have completed the approved program of study, passed the necessary exams and satisfied all of the requirements for graduation. You have reached a wonderful milestone in your education journey and are certainly worthy of celebration.  

    As you continue your life’s journey, go forth to grow and to add value to everything you do. Again, congratulations, class of 2014, and very best wishes.  And remember, make good choices.


    Erroll B. Davis Jr.


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