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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Principal

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, White
Favorite Food:
Grilled Hot Dogs
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Miami, South Beach, Florida
Favorite Quote:
If You Don't Stand For Something, You Will Fall For Anything.

Birthplace

Born:
12/14/1963
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Principal

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, White
Favorite Food:
Grilled Hot Dogs
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Miami, South Beach, Florida
Favorite Quote:
If You Don't Stand For Something, You Will Fall For Anything.

Birthplace

Born:
12/14/1963
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

High school principal Ralph Simpson was born on December 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia to Roxie and Harry Simpson. Simpson was an average student and attended the Atlanta Public Schools and graduated from Southwest High School. Simpson enrolled in West Georgia College and received his B.A degree in criminal justice in 1986.

After graduation, Simpson worked for the Georgia State Department of Corrections for four years to become a teacher. He was employed with the DeKalb County Board of Education. In the DeKalb School System, he experienced tremendous success as a teacher, mentor, and leader.

Simpson returned to West Georgia College to pursue his M.A. degree in administration and supervision. In 1996, Simpson was promoted to assistant principal of discipline, instruction, and attendance at Miller Grove Middle School in Lithonia, Georgia. In 1998, Simpson was assigned to Stone Mountain High School as the assistant principal of discipline, and in 2000, Simpson became the first African American principal in the history of Stone Mountain, Georgia. Simpson earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership at the University of Sarasota in February of 2004.

Simpson became the first principal of Miller Grove High School, which is the largest high school in DeKalb County, Georgia. He is involved in several professional and public service organizations. Among these are the National Association of Educators, Georgia Association of Educators, DeKalb Association of Secondary School Administrators, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ralph Simpson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ralph Simpson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ralph Simpson describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ralph Simpson describes his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ralph Simpson describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ralph Simpson describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ralph Simpson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ralph Simpson describes his childhood neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ralph Simpson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ralph Simpson recalls his elementary school experiences in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ralph Simpson recalls influential teachers from his elementary school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ralph Simpson recalls his grades in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ralph Simpson describes his aspirations during elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ralph Simpson recalls his childhood activities in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ralph Simpson describes his experiences at Atlanta's Southwest High School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ralph Simpson describes his experiences at Atlanta's Southwest High School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ralph Simpson recalls his involvement at Southwest High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ralph Simpson recalls his decision to attend West Georgia College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ralph Simpson describes his academic progress at West Georgia College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ralph Simpson describes his interest in rap during the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ralph Simpson recalls the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children cases
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ralph Simpson recalls his position at Metro Correctional Institution
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ralph Simpson recall his introduction to the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ralph Simpson describes the start of his career as an educator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ralph Simpson talks about educator Danny Buggs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ralph Simpson recalls losing his job at Main Street Elementary School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ralph Simpson recalls earning a master's degree at the University of West Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ralph Simpson describes his leadership style as a school administrator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ralph Simpson talks about his support for school dress codes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ralph Simpson recalls his doctoral studies at the University of Sarasota, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ralph Simpson recalls his doctoral studies at the University of Sarasota, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ralph Simpson talks about mentoring his students as a high school principal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ralph Simpson recalls becoming the principal of Miller Grove High School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ralph Simpson describes the special programs at Miller Grove High School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ralph Simpson describes his campaign for parental support at Miller Grove High School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ralph Simpson talks about the role of parents in their children's education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ralph Simpson describes his plans and hopes for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ralph Simpson reflects upon his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ralph Simpson reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ralph Simpson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ralph Simpson describes his mentorship of staff members as a principal, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ralph Simpson describes his mentorship of staff members as a principal, pt. 2