Cowan Road Middle School opened its doors in August 2000 under the leadership of Laura Youmans. In August 2001, Mr. Hobie Davenport became the principal at Cowan Road Middle School and served as principal for seven years. During Mr. Davenport’s tenure, the Spalding County Athletic Committee decided to create the Junior Varsity athletic teams at the middle school level. This move provided many seventh and eighth grade students an opportunity to showcase their talents on the field of their play. The inaugural year, 2004 and several years following, Cowan Road Middle School experienced winning seasons in both girls’ softball and basketball.
In 2008, Ms. Rachelle Heggie served as principal of Cowan Road Middle School for seven years. During Ms. Heggie’s tenure, the athletic department continued its success. In 2008, a Beta Club was created and inducted 10 student members into the National Beta Club. With the support of the community and community businesses, four of these Beta Club members had the privilege to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama in February 2009. In addition, two Cowan Road Middle School teachers were named Teacher of the Year for the Griffin-Spalding County School District. Ms. Kay Brumbelow was named Teacher of the Year for the district in 2010-2011, and Ms. Julie Evans was named Teacher of the Year for the district in 2012-2013.
In 2015, Ms. Laura Jordan began serving as principal of Cowan Road Middle School and served for three years. It was during her time as principal that Cowan Road Middle School created and joined Georgia’s First Lego League. The CRMS First Lego League team won the 2015 Programming Award and in 2017, won the Robot Design Award. In 2016, the CRMS athletic department continued its success with the boys’ basketball team winning the CGMSAL Championship, and they continued their championship reign in 2017.
In 2018, Mr. Derrick Dalton served as principal of Cowan Road Middle School for two years. During his time as principal, the CRMS First Lego League continued to bring home wins. In 2018, they won the Champions Award for Robot Performance and also the Core Values Award and the CRMS Academic Team enjoyed a winning season as well, earning second place in Win/Loss in the RESA Regional Academic Bowl. The team also competed in the Jimmy Carter Historical Site Academic Bowl in February 2019 and came in third place. As for the athletics department, the boys’ basketball team won the 2019 CGMSAL Championship and in 2020, the CRMS football team won the CGMSAL Championship.
In October, 2020, Dr. Enrique Ralls joined the proud Panther family as Principal of Cowan Road Middle School and remains the principal this year. Dr. Ralls served as assistant principal of Minor Elementary from Gwinnett County Public Schools for the past four years. Prior to moving to Gwinnett, he was the assistant principal of Upson-Lee Middle School in Thomaston, Georgia for over four years.