Rainbow fired at Campbell
by John Bednarowski
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07-26-13 CAMPBELL HEAD COACH HARRIS RAINBOW
07-26-13 CAMPBELL HEAD COACH HARRIS RAINBOW
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Harris Rainbow was fired Monday after three years on the job as head football coach at Campbell High School.

He confirmed principal Denise McGee had let him go, but Rainbow would not comment further other than to say he plans on continuing to teach at the school at least until the end of the school year.

Athletic director Rudy Deveaux said he could not comment on the situation until later today, but did say, “There are some things in the works.”

Campbell is the third school in the county now searching for a new football coach. South Cobb’s Michael Youngblood resigned recently after only one season with the Eagles, and last Friday John East resigned his position at Walker to take a job out of state.

In his three seasons with the program, Rainbow led the Spartans to an 8-22 overall record. However, each year under his supervision, Campbell improved. After going 1-9 his first season, the Spartans went 3-7 in 2012 and 4-6 in 2013. The four wins is the best season the team has had since 2007.

Now, the question will be where does the program go from here?

Whoever is hired will become the sixth head coach in the last decade for a program that has had only five winning seasons in the last 25 years.

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Smyrna Parent
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June 02, 2014
I think Campbell needs a new blood - at least a new principal for sure. Dr. Magee is a nice lady, but not a good leader and Campbell is in a free fall academically. My child is a sophomore and I hope the CCSD will make some changes.
ROOSEVELT555
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April 13, 2014
FiRst let me say that the kids would get scholarships if they were required to do work. Instead some just pass them and those that don't are reprimanded and questioned by the same administration that fired this man. The talent is there. The work ethic, attitude and support are not. I went to a football kickoff dinner and very few parents were there with exception to the cheerleaders. I found this odd coming from the school where we were previously. Football parents were always there. Not here. I always saw the same ones.

Second, if you care about this school you will get involved. Sure, I know the principal doesn't make it easy but offer assistance to the boosters, teachers and other coaches.

The school is doing great things despite running itself. The problem, I agree is Gaddis and Magee, who know nothing about athletics but choose to continually stick their noses in them. Ask both how many events they show up to. Not football or basketball games but softball, volleyball, wrestling, soccer, cheerleading, swimming, ROTC, band competitions, etc. I could go on but I think you see my point. I think the teachers there would vote her out if they could. She may be nice but that doesn't cut it at a high school like this. She lived by the sword with this and many other decisions and I can only hope....
CHS Teacher
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March 02, 2014
I have worked under Dr. Denise Magee leadership for eight years as an educator. Dr. Magee has always made decisions based on the best interest of the school,staff, & students. Dr. Magee is a leader who takes pride in ensuring that academic & athletic achievements are focused on student success. I do not know why Coach Rainbow was fired, but I do know whatever the reason was it was not based on RACISM!!! That is not her nature or protocol when making decisions. Dr. Magee is one of the most professional & passionate administrator I have ever worked with in Cobb County. She is an asset to Campbell High School and to CCSD.
CHS Parent
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March 03, 2014
You may have worked for Mrs. Magee when she was a guidance counselor or a principal at a middle for 8 years and maybe she did a good job in those roles. Those facts (if they are facts) do not in any way impact the fact that she cannot manage a high school. She doesn't know how to manage, communicate, relate to, or respect the adults and young adults who make up a high school. This isn't humorous but I use humor to illustrate the point-Mrs. Magee and Gaddis shouldn't be managing an ice cream stand let alone a high school responsible for our children. The decision about Coach Rainbow is one small, very small example of her incompetent decision making, communication (or lack of communication), and inability to put the puzzle pieces together. It's not a secret, ask the staff, ask the students, ask the parent volunteers, ask those in and around the building. It is a disgrace.
Another CHS Dad
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March 25, 2014
Thank you for your comment, Dr. Magee.
Smyrna Native
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March 02, 2014
Denise Magee is ruining that school. Hands down. Point blank period. She doesn't support scholastic athletics, she doesn't treat her peers with respect, and she could care less what anybody, and I mean ANYBODY thinks. Does that sounds like a good principal to you?
CHS Parent
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March 01, 2014
There's a lot of hearsay back and forth in these comments, here are facts:

Dale Gaddis is and has been the problem for Campbell for years. Until he is gone, the school can't improve significantly. He has been a disgrace for years and continues to be, it would be embarrassing that he is in a position of responsibility at a food truck let alone a school or school district.

Denise Magee is inept as a principal, leader, and professional. She's a well meaning person who is far out out of her depth.

Rainbow Harris is an average football coach but an excellent man and staff member. He is lucky to have been fired, hopefully he will find a better principal to work for soon.

The problem with Rainbow's firing is that Commandant Magee did not handle the situation professionally by communicating that issues existed with the coach or with the AD. CHS is being run by a rudderless blind and inept captain who treats her employees with no respect or courtesy. It's not her fault really, as I said Dale removed the best principal that school has ever had in Dr Rivera over a personal vendetta and replaced him with a glorified secretary.

Enough said. If you want change at Campbell we need it get rid of Dale.

Another CHS Dad
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March 24, 2014
Hear, hear! Both Gaddis and Magee need to go!
CHS Teacher
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February 28, 2014
Is Race in question here, or is Football, or is this a great venting opportunity for both common sense people and idiots alike.

I will not comment on Football or the caliber of Coach Rainbow who is a good man who tries very hard to not only guide his players but also to instill academic pride and motivates athletes to be better young men.

What I find funny, sad, and disturbing is the immediate bashing of the current administration solely on Race. Anyone out there screaming Racism, Reversed Discrimination, or other mouthfuls of accusatory slander – please stop!. Just look at Campbell’s administrative team; virtually all nationalities are represented from black to white to brown, from Hispanic to Latino, to African-American to White. If we ever hire an Asian administrator then it will then surely be the United Nations.

To those who scream “unfair” – just come and look at our students and faculty. This school is one of the most diverse in the region. And IT WORKS!

So before you vent and rave and blame and accuse (for those are the easiest and brainless tactics), look for some facts, talk to others more knowledgeable individuals, and think.

I am a longtime teacher at Campbell High School and have seen so many administrators come and go that their names have been blurred. What I AM sure of is that the current administration is actively, consciously, and collectively trying to move this school in the right direction. Not everyone will be happy, not will everyone agree on all issues, but Please let them do their challenging and thankless job without throwing unnecessary hurdles their way.

SUPPORTER CHS
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February 28, 2014
@HATERS LIKE YOU I've got more of a clue than you will ever have or admit to. And yes I have a very good understanding of football! I played it, I coached it & my father played & coached it! As far as to many tackles and my writing ability - I write good enough for you to get the point!

All your silly name calling says more about your character than my abilities as a writer.

Common sense would tell even the most casual football fan that the best offensive player on the team should get a lot of touches. Anyone associated with CHS football knows Campbell had more than ONE GOOD PLAYER on the team in the 3 years Rainbow coached.

There are kids on CHS football team that drink, smoke etc. There were kids on the team doing these things before Rainbow got there and there will be kids on CHS team that smoke and drink after we all are long gone. In that respect, CHS is no difference than any other school in the country.

So, what world do you live in? Or should I say what world are you willing to admit to.

There was more than ONE KID that left CHS and played for other schools in Metro ATL and received scholarships. I don't know of any kids that constantly transfer from school to school & you don't either. Your spin don't change the facts!

Your statements as to why coaches leave one school for another school is true in most cases. Just not this case, DUH! Coaches where forced out of the program from the 6 grade level to the varsity level. All your explanations & spin won't

change the facts! Most of if not ALL of the departures had EVERYTHING to do with Rainbow.

Rainbow did in fact make false accusations to Steve Jones - Cobb County AD about two kids that left he program after his first year! Your own words, and I quote "it wrong for another school to recruit and for an athlete to attend another school without a legitimate reason to move. Pointing that out to officials shows integrity for the sport" proves he did just what I said he did! I may be a dumb jock that can't write well, but I'm smart enough to know when someone trips himself up in his own words!

Last time I checked this is America! Parents and kids can move into any school district they damn well please without any REASON AT ALL, LEGITIMATE OR OTHERWISE!!

DIDN'T KNOW RAINBOW WAS COBB COUNTY TRANSFER POLICE!!

Again, your spin can't change the FACT that rainbow tried to keep this kids from playing & reaching there dreams!!

The kid Rainbow trashed to at least FOUR different scouts didn't ATTEND Campbell or PLAY for him for 2 YEARS! If he had the high character & morals you claim he demands from his players he would have took the high road & referred the scouts to the kid's current coach. Instead, the FACT is Rainbow went out of his way to trash this kid!! If the kid goes to school and screws up it is not any reflection on Rainbow or CHS as the KID DIDNT PLAY FOR CAMPBELL!!

Yes my kids did play and yes I did sit in the stands KNOWING, NOT THINKING I can coach better than rainbow!

FACT: THE KIDS HE DEEMED "THE CHOSEN ONE" IN HIS FIRST YEAR REFUSED TO PLAY FOR RAINBOW LAST YEAR

FACT: THE PLAYER ARE GLAD TO SEE HIM GO!!

FACT: McEachern had at least 18 kids sign letter of intents on signing day! Some that would have played at CHS if the school had a better program!

Its very interesting that you think I'm despicable

and I'm trying to drag a good hard working man down!

BUT YET YOU DONT HAVE A SINGLE WORD OF SUPPORT FOR THE GOOD HARD WORKING WOMAN THAT IS CHS PRINCIPAL - DR MAGEE!! I KNOW YOU SAW ALL THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS DIRECTED AT HER!!

WHERE IS ALL YOUR HIGH STANDARDS, MORALS, ETC NOW???



Joke
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February 28, 2014
Denise Magee is a joke and embarrassment for Campbell High School and Smyrna. You clearly have no idea what you are talking about!
CHS Ath. Supporter
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February 27, 2014
Rainbow is in fact a good person but the wrong leader for Campbell HS. Yes he improved the teams record every year but never beat anyone with a winning record!! Fluffing the schedule with Morrow (0-10) and Osborn (2-8). Then beating a 2-8 Pebblebrook and 0-10 Kennesaw Mnt. So yeah the team went 4-6 but who did he ever beat?? Ask the players and you will find the truth. When Mrs. Magee announced her decision at the team meeting more than a couple players said that everyone started clapping!! Yes, the program is in a better place but that still doesn't mean that he's the right person for the job. Has Dr. Magee made all the best decisions for the school, No. But this decision was made in the best interest of the school and the kids. Campbell is really a hidden gem and i hope she makes the right decision so everyone can see Campbell shine!!
SUPPORTER CHS
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February 27, 2014
@SUPERMAN I addressed this to U cuz U R the only rainbow supporter that tried to make a case based on football issues and not racism, change aka Obama & other nonsense! I have been around the CHS program since 2007. My kids played for Rainbow! And like the kid said, Rainbow is a terrible coach & motivator! He came to CHS trying to run an offense (wing T) in which he did not have the players to successfully execute. But had plenty of talent to run the spread but not the good sense to adapt his offense to utilize that talent.

Tried to run a 3 5 3 Defense which means 1 deep safety. Most HS run a cover 2 or 2 deep safeties as their base defense. Note: McEachern ran the same D (3 5 3) that year, but unlike McEachern, CHS didn't have the players to execute that D with success.

Will hitch his wagon to one player & thus make his offense very predictable i.e. 1st season - get on the goal line then put this one kid in the game and keep calling QB keep til he scored, IF HE SCORED! Then brag in the paper bout how he was one of the best players in the country! Nothin against the kid, he is a great kid, but he wasn't even the best QB on the team but none the less was the starter.

Rainbow had some of his best players standing on the sidelines or playin very little. As a result, some of the best talent in Cobb transferred to Hillgrove, Osborne, McEachern, Lassiter, Kell, Cherokee etc.

Not only did kids transfer cuz of Rainbow, Kids & Parents in the JR program did even enroll in the first place cuz of Rainbow. As a result, their wasn't enough ninth graders this year to even field a team! Had to use upperclassmen. But the departures didn't stop there, even coaches (GOOD COACHES)took their talents to other cobb schools like Kell, McEachern, etc. either by choice or were forced out!

Trust & believe a lot more kids would have left

if they could have! Most of his pLayers didn't hold him in high regard. So...if rainbow was the great coach, the great man U all claim him to be, would this be this case!! As far as the program moving in the right direction - Campbell shoulda won 4 games the FIRST year he was here! If he was such a great coach & was looking out for players best interest...Y DID THE KID HE HITCHED HIS WAGON TO IN HIS FIRST SEASON REFUSE TO PLAY FOR HIM THIS YEAR! If Rainbow would "never quite on his CHS players"...Y DID HE APPLY FOR JOBS AT OTHER SCHOOLS WHILE AT CAMPBELL I.E. Harrison!!

Y HAS HE RECENTLY MOVED TO GWINNETT COUNTY!!

If he was such a man of such high character...Y DID HE MAKE FALSE ACCUSATIONS TO THE COBB COUNTY AD OFFICE ABOUT KIDS THAT LEFT HIS PROGRAM FOR BETTER PROGRAMS IN COBB IN AN ATTEMPT TO KEEP THEM FROM PLAYING & THUS REACHING THIER GOALS!!

If he was a man of such high standards and morals...Y DID HE TRASH ONE OF THOSE FORMER PLAYERS TO COLLEGE SCOUTS QUOTE "UNCOACHABLE, TURD ETC JUST BAD MOUTHING HIM"

Most of the football parents & players at CHS

know all about this and more. The former player & his parents also aware of his comments to scouts.

Where are all the scholarships to CHS players U speak of! Y DO U THINK KIDS R LEAVING OR NEVER COMING IN THE FIRST PLACE?...SCHOLARSHIPS!!

Weight Training Program!! PLEASE, What Program?

agreed
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February 27, 2014
I'm not sure if this post was serious or not. I hope it was a joke because it's hilarious. If you are serious then thank god Harris got out of there if that is what he had to deal with.
Iron Man
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February 27, 2014
@ Supporter CHS

Campbell had 4-5 kids get scholarships to play football. Thats pretty much a 500% increase in the past year. As for wondering where the scholarships are at, ask Mike Rodgers, Rickey James, Marlon Horne and David Collins! They worked hard and earned a scholarship and an education! If you and your child were unhappy, why weren't you some of the ones to get up and leave?
haters like you
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February 27, 2014
Supporter, you haven't got a clue! You're the expert about schemes and tactics in football? Too many tackles is perhaps why you can't write well. But that's beyond the point. When the team only has one star player, odds are that player is getting the ball as much as possible. The best players were on the bench? Maybe because they were too busy skipping class, failing out, or smoking weed. The coach refused to let good players (but bad kids) get by purely on talent. Sure, one left for another school and got to play right away because that school cares nothing about the student being a better person. Kids are selfish and immature, which is why they don't play one year or another. We (especially you) have created a culture of student athletes who feel entitled to get everything they want without any regard for others. That selfish behavior is why so many people transfer constantly between programs--always looking for the better deal or the coach who will give everything they want. Also, coaches leave for other opportunities that are better for them all the time; that was the case with the CHS coaches who went to other, more prominent programs. It's called a promotion, duh! Had nothing to do with the head coach. No one made false accusations against a kid who left; it's wrong for another school to recruit and for an athlete to attend another school without a legitimate reason to move. Pointing that out to officials shows integrity for the sport. And I think being honest with a college coach is the right thing to do; should he have said the kid was a saint and had no problems? Then he loses all credibility with colleges when the player turns into a dirtbag. More kids signed college offers this year than the previous three years; isn't that evidence of a better program? You just don't get it. Your kid probably didn't play, or you sat in the stands pretending you could be the coach that is better. Your personal agenda to drag down a good guy who worked hard is despicable.
No Dog in the hunt
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April 16, 2014
You sound like your son could not play for the coach. Yes they beat some second tier teams last year. But did Campbell beat them before the coach come to the school. Campbell needs to face facts the only people that have been jumping to better programs faster than the previous coaches are the players. Campbell will never build a good program until the Administration and the PARENTS get off their butts and support the program. You can not build something special when you have 6 coaching changes in 10 years and the one they fired was their 3 of those years. Campbell has been a jumping board for years jumping to a better program or convincing people to get out of the business. Wake up people you don't fire a coach that is bring one of the worst programs in Georgia forward. Not because of the players but the administration does not care about building a good Football program. That's all I have to say about that!
Spartan Parent
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February 26, 2014
Whats funny to me is that player including the one I'm a parent of told me they were happy he is gone. Ive spoken to 6 other parents of players who all were excited he has been terminated. My son told me that when Principal Magee told the players today she let him go the vast majority of the players cheered..... that is the truth!
Spartan Parent
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February 27, 2014
What Supporter CHS says is true my child was approached and encouraged to leave Campbell by other players who left solely because of the Campbell Coaches Mainly Rainbow. Most of the players did not like or think much of Rainbow as a coach maybe they smiled in his face because hey they are kids but behind close doors they didn't care fo him. AT ALL!!!!
Iron Man
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February 26, 2014
Coach Rainbow was doing great things at Campbell High School. There have been many long time Campbell supporters (who were Spartans years before Magee arrived and decided to play President) that have been disgusted after years and years of support. I can speak for many parents, players, and students and say that we have had enough of this repugnant excuse for a principal. We cannot make it any clearer! She doesn't like white people! Someone needs to investigate her for money laundering the booster clubs funding. #LONGLIVERAINBOW
anonymous
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February 26, 2014
we have huge PROBLEMS at Campbell- and community leaders, alumni, organizations that contribute monetarily to Cobb or Campbell High School, community members, Max where are you, school board members (do NOT forget people vote) PLEASE investigate investigate investigate investigate investigate! this is just the tip of the iceberg the Titanic is sinking. please investigate
Need to Investigate
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February 26, 2014
Cobb County School Board is corrupt no doubt. Dr. Grant Rivera was fired. He did not want to leave Campbell or Cobb County Schools. He was forced to resign by Dale Gaddis. Dale wanted an African American Principal at Campbell.

Read this article below and you will see that Cobb does discriminate against its white employees.

“Dr. Shanahan then told me that he wanted me to find a black female to interview for that position. He stated he wanted diversity in the office. I told him that we are not allowed to ask for an applicant’s race on our application and that we were not supposed to select a candidate using their race as a selection criteria.”

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Race ethics claims made against Cobb County School District

http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/24513139/article-Race--ethics-claims-made-against-Cobb-County-School-District

Another CHS Dad
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March 25, 2014
Gaddis may have wanted a black female in the slot but he also got rid of Rivera because of a personal vendetta (refusing to toe the party line during the whole Campbell-Marietta basketball rape case). Incompetent, insecure leaders always fear capable subordinates, and are threatened by them. It's what happened to Rivera with Gaddis, and now it's what's happened to Rainbow with Magee.
hugemistake
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February 26, 2014
I can honestly say that I was shocked to hear this news. Normally, someone gets fired for doing something wrong..

Coach Rainbow has done nothing wrong. He genuinely cared about the program and dedicated so much time into turning things around. I am confused by McGee's reasoning, saying she wanted to go in a different direction. The "direction" of the program was definitely moving forward. If the rumors about McGee letting go of Rainbow because she personally did not like him are true, then the next one who needs to be let go is her!

goodman charlie
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February 26, 2014
Harris Rainbow is a good man who has been treated unfairly. Not sure if the EOC can intervene on his behalf, but he should explore that. Just glad my kids finished last year so they aren't in the train wreck anymore. Campbell could be such a great school with the right person in charge, but it definitely isn't that lady.
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