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32 COBB LIFE | APRIL 2019 cabin and lake, extensive athletics facilities, Dozier Hall (the high school), Sewell Cottage (the preschool), multiple playgrounds, Mulkey Building (which houses administra- tion, the lower school, the middle school, two gyms, two media centers and a dining hall) and the Murray Arts Center (a state-of-the-art performing arts facility). Founded in 1976, MPCS is fully accredited (SAIS/AdvancED) and, according to its mission statement, partners education with home and church to prepare servant-leaders to honor God, love others and walk in Truth. In 1976, with a staff of only two, the Mount Paran Christian School Learning Center was established. e program began with a preschool-kindergarten program at Mount Paran Central Church of God in Atlanta. A combined first and second grade class and an aer-school program were added the following year. at same year saw the development and adoption of the name Mount Paran Christian School (MPCS) and the establishment of the first official MPCS school board. ird and fourth grade programs were added in 1978, followed by one grade addition each year through 1982. 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. Mount Paran Church of God's acquisition of a 65-acre site on Allgood Road in Marietta in 1985 provided fulfillment of the vision for a total high school program. Existing facilities on the acquired property were renovated and enhanced. e high school program (grades nine through 11) began in 1986 with 94 students. e following year, grade 12 was added and MPCS received its full accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for kindergarten through grade 12. With the rapid expansion of the middle and high school instructional areas, establishment of a well-planned, highly structured athletic program soon followed, and athletic facilities were constructed. In 1986, MPCS became a member of the Georgia High School Athletic Association (GHSA). With an experienced athletic director and a staff of quality coaches, participation in interscholastic varsity and junior varsity sports became 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 the arts program began to develop. Computer labs were installed and the school introduced a technology program to students. MPCS purchased its current property in 2002 and, in 2003, moved from the Mount Paran North location in Marietta to the beautiful 68 acres in Kennesaw where the school campus is now located. In December 2007, MPCS purchased the performing arts center adjacent to the school property. With its 577-seat main theater, a black box theater, dance studios, exquisite grand lobby, state-of-the-art recording studios, band and choral rehearsal spaces, practice rooms and classrooms, the building was named the Murray Arts Center at Mount Paran Christian School in honor of the Stuart and Eulene Murray Family Best of the Best YOU VOTED. A LOT. IN FACT, 23,368 OF YOU VOTED 247,337 TIMES. WHEW! But out of the hundreds of thousands of votes we received in our Best of Cobb contest, there were five winners who pulled rank with you – our readers and their support- ers - to receive the most votes in their individual categories. It may come as no surprise that more than one restaurant appears on this list. The No. 1 spot, however, requires a little more study. Here are your 2019 Best of Cobb top five vote-getters, in order of rank. 1 MOUNT PARAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1275 Stanley Rd NW, Kennesaw 30152 (770) 578-0182 SECTION: Kids and Education CATEGORY: Best Private School M ount Paran Christian School is a preschool age three through twelh grade private Christian, non-denomination- al, college prep school with a focus on excellence in academics, athletics and the arts. e school is located on 68 acres in northwest Cobb County in the shadow of Kennesaw Mountain and includes a historic By KATY RUTH CAMP

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