Darlington School: About Darlington
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About Darlington

In 1905, a group of young graduates along with John Paul and Alice Allgood Cooper, found themselves moved by the memory of a former teacher. That man, Joseph James Darlington, had taught them so much. Not only through lectures and books, but through his character, his insatiable desire for knowledge, and his concern for the greater good. These students came together, and from that desire to honor their teacher Darlington School was born.
Mr. Darlington's legacy of child-centered holistic education lives on in the approximately 750 students in grades pre-K to 12. Our school community builds character and connection through a representation of an average of 15 states and 20 countries worldwide.
To quote from the original charter, Darlington was organized and incorporated “not for pecuniary gain” but “for educational and literary purposes, in which may be taught all branches of learning.” Today, Darlington is so much more than a college-preparatory school. It's a place where curiosity can grow into wisdom. A place where empathy transforms into service. And where honesty galvanizes into honor.

Spend spring break in the Galápagos Islands and Quito, Ecuador

Darlington students, families, friends and alumni are invited to spend spring break in the Galápagos Islands and Quito, Ecuador with Science Department Chair Owen Kinney.

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Opening Convocation

The Darlington Community kicks off our 115th school year with Opening Convocation, featuring a Welcome by the Head of School, student remarks about Honor, the Presentation of Flags and the Ringing of the School Bell.

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College Boot Camp

Seniors hit the ground running on the first day of school with College Boot Camp.

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Boys Houses Make a Splash to Start the Year

An exhilarating white water rafting trip down the Nantahala River served as this year's Boys House Retreat. This annual tradition is designed to be a bonding experience for all of our residential students.

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Purple Tie Affair

Darlington parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends kick off the year at the Purple Tie Affair auction fundraiser for the school's parent organizations. Many thanks to all involved in putting on this great event for our community!

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Meet Head of School Brent Bell.


Wisdom, service and honor are a part of everything we do.