New leader – Decatur High has new principal

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 11, 2014
Noel Maloof. Photo from Dunwoody High website

Noel Maloof. Photo from Dunwoody High website

Editor’s note: has published a follow-up story that includes reaction from the Dunwoody community. To read it, click here.

Decatur High School has a new principal.

City Schools of Decatur has hired Noel Maloof, the current principal of Dunwoody High School. Maloof is a Decatur resident.

The School Board made the announcement during the March 11 Decatur Board of Education meeting.

“I am just excited,” Maloof said after the announcement. “It was a very hard decision to leave the community I’ve served for over a decade now. This is now my home.”

Maloof is taking over for Principal Lauri McKain, who is moving on to become the CSD Director of Secondary Education.

Maloof became principal at Dunwoody High in 2012. He was principal of Vanderlyn Elementary School in Dunwoody from 2008 to 2012, and was assistant principal of Dunwoody High from 2005 to 2008.

He began his educational career in 1997 as an English teacher at DeKalb Alternative School. He became assistant principal at the alternative school in 2004. He is 44 years old and has two children enrolled in the system, one in Renfroe Middle and one in Decatur High.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Congratulations. Interesting background for Decatur. Raised in DeKalb. Paideia grad, Georgia State and West Georgia background, three years in the classroom as an English teacher at DeKalb Alternative, administrative duties at elementary and high school levels, and lives in Decatur (?) which is all very impressive. He will definitely have to give up any loyalty to that privileged private principality on Ponce and learn how to navigate the treacherous straits of know-it-all Decatur parents, demanding Central Office staff, and talented but at times stubborn teachers. But if he can do this successfully, he will get to work with the greatest kids in Georgia. I wish him the best of luck.

  • concerneddunwoodyparent

    As a parent of a Dunwoody student I have not gotten any information from the school about this…not a good look

    • apennysaved

      Yes, I agree. Nothing has been sent out by Dunwoody High School or Dekalb County School District. Also, to note, he is the 3rd principal of DHS in less than 6 years. This is not comforting at all and raises questions about the environment, priorities, and politics at Dunwoody High School.

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