# How do I make multiline headers that don't run into the rest of the document?

I have been trying to figure out how you make headers that are more than 3 lines tall without running into the main body of the document, but have so far been unsuccessful. I know that I could simply put space after the header inside the document, but that's be a pain to do on every page.

This is what I have: 

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article}
\usepackage{indentfirst}
\usepackage{amsmath}

\pagestyle{fancyplain}

\lhead{\begin{small}Prof. _________\\Spring 2013\end{small}\\ so \\ keep \\ it}
\chead{\begin{small}\textbf{MEE: ________}\\Homework II\footnote{This document was made using \LaTeX\ and the amsmath package.}\end{small}\\ if \\ typing \\run}
\rhead{\begin{small}____________\\Due ______________\end{small}\\ I \\ will\\ over?}

\begin{document}

\begin{enumerate}
\item This is a homework problem. The header is overlapping this text in this current setup \\
\\
\item This is another problem. The header probably also overlaps this one. \\
\\
\end{enumerate}

\end{document}


Edited for completeness

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Wellcome to TeX SX! Please provide a Minimal Working Example (MWE). It is easier for people to run your document and help you. – TeXtnik Jan 28 '13 at 16:14

I would vote against using the package fancyheadings, in favour of fancyhdr. See the example below (I tried to comment the code directly).

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{fancyhdr}

% if the global font size is 10pt, the baselineskip of \small
% is 11pt and minimal head height is therefore 33 pt

\bfseries Prof.\@ \hbox to 5em{\hrulefill}\\
Spring 2013\\
\end{tabular}}
\bfseries MEE: \hbox to 5em{\hrulefill}\\
Homework II\\
Whatever you want here
\end{tabular}}

\pagestyle{fancy}

% show the page layout, provide dummy text
\usepackage{showframe, lipsum}

\begin{document}

\lipsum[1-30]

\end{document}

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There is a problem in your definition. _ can not be used outside mathmode as you did. Change it to \rule commands.

I used the geometry package to define easier the height and separation of the head.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{lipsum}