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Cherokee Principal Murdock Recognized by General Assembly

Debra Murdock was recognized by the State House and State Senate for being named the Georgia High School Principal of the Year.

State Reps. Scot Turner and Michael Caldwell; Mike McGowan and Dr. Brian Hightower representing the Cherokee County School District; Rep. Mandi Ballinger; Cherokee High School Principal Debra Murdock; and House Speaker David Ralston.
State Reps. Scot Turner and Michael Caldwell; Mike McGowan and Dr. Brian Hightower representing the Cherokee County School District; Rep. Mandi Ballinger; Cherokee High School Principal Debra Murdock; and House Speaker David Ralston.
Cherokee High School Principal Debra Murdock has been commended by the Georgia General Assembly for her dedication to the students in the classroom. 

The principal, who was recently named the Georgia High School Principal of the Year, was recognized by the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia Senate in honor of the prestigious award she received.

Both the House and the Senate introduced resolutions in honor of Murdock, who was appointed Cherokee's principal for the 2010-11 school year.

Before moving to Cherokee High, Murdock previously served as Teasley Middle School’s principal and as an assistant principal at both Cherokee High and at Chapman Intermediate School. 

She joined the district at the start of the 1992-93 school year as a science teacher at E.T. Booth Middle School after completing her bachelor's degree in middle grades education at Kennesaw State University. 

She since has earned her master's degree in middle grades education from KSU and her education specialist degree in administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

Along with serving as Cherokee's principal, Murdock's passion also extends outside Cherokee High School. Murdock is the past president of the Service League of Cherokee County and during her 10-year tenure of the organization, served as treasurer and vice-chair of its flagship fundraiser Riverfest.

She and her husband, Lance, live in Canton and have two sons, Jesey, and Jarrett, who are students in the district.

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