School History

In 1976, with a staff of only two, the Mount Paran Christian School Learning Center was established. The program began with a preschool and kindergarten program at the Mount Paran Central Church of God location in Atlanta, Georgia. The initial success of the program brought significant changes in only the second year of operation. The year 1977 brought together a combined first and second grade class, an after-school program, the development and adoption of the Mount Paran Christian School (hereafter designated as MPCS), and the establishment of the first official MPCS school board. Success continued in 1978 with the development of third and fourth grade programs. Between 1979 and 1982, one additional grade per year was added. In 1980 the vision for a learning disability program became a reality. In 1982 the eighth grade program became an integral part of the school program.

During the 1984-1985 school year, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools found the MPCS elementary program to be in full compliance with all Association standards, awarding the elementary and middle schools their full accreditation. Acquisition of a sixty-five acre site on Allgood Road, Marietta, Georgia, in 1985, provided fulfillment of the vision for a total high school program. Existing facilities on the acquired property were renovated and enhanced. With ninety-four students, the high school program began in 1986 with grades nine through eleven. The following year grade twelve was added. At that time, Mount Paran Christian School received its full accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Since then, the preschool has also become accredited.

With the rapid expansion of the middle school and high school instructional areas, establishment of a well-planned, highly structured athletic program followed. A gymnasium was built; the soccer field and tennis courts were completed. New baseball, softball, and tee-ball fields were constructed. In 1986, MPCS became a member of the Georgia High School Athletic Association. With an experienced athletic director, and a staff of quality coaches, participation in interscholastic varsity and junior varsity sports has become an important aggregate of the MPCS program.

In 1994, additional classrooms were required in the elementary school to facilitate growth. Fine Arts courses were also added, and drama and musical performances were produced each year. Choral and instrumental groups from MPCS attended a yearly musical festival and received numerous superior ratings. State-of-the art computer labs were added. In 1997, a 17,000 square-foot playground was built.

We continue to develop a rich history. Mount Paran Christian School moved to its current location in September, 2003. In December, 2007, MPCS purchased the beautiful performing arts center adjacent to the school property. With its 577-seat theater, Black Box Theater, dance studios, exquisite grand lobby, state-of-the-art recording studios, band and choral rehearsal spaces, practice rooms, classrooms, and numerous amenities, the purchase was a welcome addition to the growing campus. In January, 2008, the building was named the Murray Arts Center at Mount Paran Christian School, in honor of the Stuart and Eulene Murray Family Foundation, who made a generous donation toward the purchase of the building for the school.

MPCS headmaster, Dr. David Tilley, has come full circle in the history of MPCS. As a school advocate and board member, he was instrumental in the school’s 1976 opening. After answering calls to serve at Lee University and Houghton University, Dr. Tilley returned as headmaster of MPCS in 2004. Since his return, the school has experienced tremendous growth in our key areas of academics, athletics, and arts while never losing sight of our spiritual component. His tenure with MPCS and his passion for its success are captured in his words, "This school's history is more than what this campus identifies."

Heads of School 
Judy Thiel 1976 – 1977
Jean Myrick 1977 – 1982
Vernon Klaudt 1982 – 1984
David Tilley 1984 – 1988
Gary Cooper 1988
Gary Ray 1988 – 1990
James Heyman 1990 – 1992
Susan King 1992 – 2004
David Tilley 2004 – present


Mount Paran Christian School

1275 Stanley Road 
Kennesaw, GA 30152

Phone: 770-578-0182 
Fax: 770-977-9284

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