Meet the Team Leader Behind the Bluebirds


Robin James

Mr. Powell takes his team sports leadership approach even onto the football field as quarterback in Kenwood’s Turkey Bowl game against Stemmers Run Middle School in which they pulled out the victory 49-35.

Genesis Bonilla

We all know Mr. Powell as our principal here at Kenwood, but with so many kids attending Kenwood, not everyone gets the chance to know him really well, though he’s always in the halls to greet students. This is his sixth year as principal of Kenwood High.

Mr. Powell has been working with kids ever since he was about 15 years old, which is why he’s passionate about education. He shares, “It’s something that’s always been a passion of mine. And then both of my parents were in education as well. So, it’s really what was a driving force in me wanting to major in education.”

Before schools closed in March of 2020, Mr. Powell was named BCPS Principal of the Year. He shared, “My initial reaction was just so excited for the school because for me, that award was a school award. We all worked so very hard; our students, our teachers, our entire staff.” Whether you have gotten a chance to interact with Mr. Powell or not, he has constantly proven that he cares about the Kenwood community and is willing to work to rise above. Mrs. Cooper shares, “Mr. Powell treats students and teachers fairly. He truly thinks of us as his team.”

Every Kenwood student and staff is familiar with Mr. Powell’s iconic morning and afternoon announcement introduction. Rising Junior, Amyah Davis, shares, “I believe Mr. Powell has made our school environment better by making everyone feel welcomed with the morning announcements. I look forward to the jokes of the days because they’re corny and sometimes funny.” Mr. Powell’s iconic morning announcements truly have become a driving force that makes Kenwood’s school environment a better, more welcoming place for students and staff.

Outside of school, Mr. Powell adds that he is very passionate about sports and coaching. He shares, “Those have always been huge passions of mine. So, I would say, definitely sports and coaching are a big passion of mine because of the great opportunities those can provide for students.” At Kenwood, students and staff are very lucky to have a principal who even outside of school, continues to want the best for those who are a part of his beloved Kenwood community.

Mr. Powell continues to set the bar high as principal and a role model for Kenwood students. He shares this piece of advice, “What I would tell my high school self is to make sure that you listen to what teachers and your parents are telling you. There’s a lot of value behind the guidance that students get in high school.”