About

School Leadership

What do you know about Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School? Here’s an invitation to learn more about a school community that has existed for more than a century and has grown to become a national leader among boarding and day schools. 

Welcome to Rabun Gap!

Firmly rooted in a strong tradition, at Rabun Gap, you will discover an adventure for your body, mind, and soul. You will learn among students from all over the world, and you will stretch your horizons, growing in ways you never even imagined.

Since its founding, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School has been providing a well-rounded education in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Situated on 1,400 pristine acres in the northeast Georgia mountains, we have held fast to the vision of our founder, Andrew Jackson Ritchie, who understood the value of Work Study Worship. These pillars still guide our community today.
So take a look at our website. You will soon learn that with 600 students from more than 50 countries and 15 states (pre-K through 12), we are the most geographically diverse school in the nation. You will find exciting and unique opportunities, such as the acclaimed Cirque program, among many other offerings. You will find an enriching academic program that will challenge and prepare you for college and beyond. You will see that there is a full array of possibilities in the artsathletics, and activities.

Wonderful though these glimpses are, there is no substitute for moving beyond the website and actually coming for a visit. When you arrive, you will quickly sense a community that truly cares for everyone. Teachers, coaches, and advisors know how to support and challenge at the same time. It’s a place you will build lifelong relationships that will shape your character through life's journey. And all of this on a campus more beautiful than any other in the country.

A Warm Welcome,

Jeff Miles
Head of School

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  • Read Mr. Miles' Bio

    Mr. Jeff Miles is Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School's eleventh Head of School.

    Mr. Miles has nearly two decades of experience in leading boarding schools. He started his career as a teacher, coach, and houseparent at Christ School in Asheville, NC, where he later served as Assistant Headmaster. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, academics, athletics, student life, and the management of daily operations at a boarding school.

    An independent school graduate himself, Mr. Miles was drawn to Rabun Gap’s commitment to providing opportunities to students from across the valley and around the world. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mars Hill University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University. Mr. Miles is also a graduate of the prestigious Peabody College Summer Institute for Independent School Leadership at Vanderbilt University.

    In his role as an educator and administrator, Mr. Miles is dedicated to the development of well-rounded students who thrive in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and on the stage. He has built an extensive career in the sport of lacrosse, both as a player and coach. Most recently, Mr. Miles led his teams to three consecutive state championships in 2017, 2018, and 2019. He was selected as the North Carolina Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2017.

    Mr. Miles is married to Kiana Miles, and have two daughters, Lia and Alison.

Board of Trustees

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  • Mr. Paul Austin III

    Cornerstone Bank, Atlanta GA
  • Mr. Jon Barnwell '92

    ReMax of Rabun, Clayton, GA
  • Mrs. Liddell Bartlett

    Community Volunteer, Athens, GA
  • Mr. Niles Bolton

    Niles Bolton Associates
  • Mrs. Margaret F. Carton

    Retired, Coca Cola Enterprises, Glenville, NC

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  • Mr. Steven P. Gilliam '65

    Smith, Gilliam, Williams, and Miles, Gainesville, GA
  • Mrs. Connie Jones '02

    Altus, IP, LLC, Greenville, SC
  • Ms. Meghan Magruder

    King & Spalding, LLC Atlanta, GA
  • Mr. Devereaux McClatchey

    Carney, Sandoe, & Associates, Boston, MA
  • Mrs. Terri Pendergrast

    Nall & Miller, LLC, Atlanta, GA

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  • Mr. Perry Taylor

    Caledonian Investment Partners LLC
  • Mr. John Underwood

    J.W. Underwood Construction, LLC, Highlands, NC
  • Mrs. Lynda White

    Retired, Educator and Administrator, Clayton, GA
  • The Rev. Dr. Canon P. Lang Lowrey

  • The Reverend Dr. George Wirth, Chair

    Retired, First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA
  • The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright

    Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

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  • Emeritus

    Mr. Stell Huie
    Highlands, NC

    Mr. Charles D. Moseley, Jr.  
    Atlanta, GA

    Mr. Vernon Wright '60
    Retired, Blue-Bird, Fort Valley, GA
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School is a private, coeducational day and boarding school for grades Pre-K through 12. Centrally located between Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC, we prepare young people for college, career, and a lifetime of leadership and service.