Dr. Gene Taylor was named the new principal of Berkmar High School in Lilburn. He is stepping down from his position as head of North Atlanta High School later this year. (Courtesy: Gwinnett County Public Schools._
Taylor was named principal of North Atlanta after former principal Mark MyGrant and other top administrators at the school were removed in the fall of 2012.
"This school is in much greater need. This school has been identified as a failing school for years. This school could not compete with North in any matter," said Taylor referring to Berkmar in the video to North Atlanta students. "They've got great kids and they've got great teachers trying to do great things," he added.
Prior to taking the position with Atlanta Public Schools, Taylor served as principal of Lilburn Middle School from 2008 until 2012. He also worked as principal of Crews Middle School in Lawrenceville from 2006 until 2008.
Berkmar's interim principal Jane Stegall will continue in her position until Taylor can transition from his current position.