Frank N. Osborne middle school Principal moving to lead new school in the coming year. John Campbell, Osborne Middle Schools only Principal has made the decision to leave his current post to take the same position at the new, un-named high school in Lawrenceville. Campbell, the longest-tenured principal in Gwinnett County Public Schools will be taking over his ninth position with the school district in his career.
Campbell is leaving the school he’s led since 2004 and will be sorely missed by the Hamilton Mill subdivision community. His new position will be at the new high school at 1335 Old Norcross Road in Lawrenceville, which is scheduled to open in August. The yet-to-be-named school that will relieve the Berkmar and Central Gwinnett clusters will have a traditional program along with an entrepreneurship center, and Junior Achievement middle school financial literacy and consumer education programs.
CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said he thinks he can fill the Osborne opening at the December School Board meeting. Hamilton Mill and the communities surrounding the Hamilton Mill subdivision that feed into Osborne Middle will be fortunate if a new replacement can be found that can match Mr. Campbell’s success at leading the school he came to back in 2004.
Osborne Middle has consistently ranked as one of the top Middle Schools in the state of Georgia and the school has earned numerous academic awards including the School of Excellence on a number of occasions. In 2014, Frank N. Osborne Middle School ranked better than 99% of middle schools in Georgia. It also ranked first among 26 ranked middle schools in the Gwinnett County School District!
Campbell’s Gwinnett career started in 1982 as a counselor at Parkview High in Lilburn, and throughout the 1980s, he was an assistant principal at Parkview and Norcross High, and later a principal at South Gwinnett High and Trickum Middle.
Eventually, Campbell moved to the district office as the director of student support services and staff development. Campbell returned to a local school in 1996 when he became the principal of McConnell Middle.
He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Capital University in Ohio, a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from The Ohio State University, and a specialist’s degree in educational administration from the University of Georgia.