Few people know at the age of 12 what they want to do with their life, but Bo Cherry (’07,LD ’20) already had a good idea of what he didn't want to do — or so he thought.Learn More
After attending 10 different schools in four countries, Kent Capps (’93, LD ’15) landed at Darlington because of his desire for an American high school experience. What he found here was a forever home.Learn More
You might say the women who transitioned from attending the all-girls Thornwood School to the new, co-ed Darlington School when the two merged in 1973 learned a real-life lesson in adaptability. Jean Early (’76, LD ’14) was no different and it was this skill that has helped her time and time again throughout her career.Learn More
A third-generation automobile dealer, Andy Welborn (’85) has been in the family business for over 30 years. Through the years, Welborn has been devoted to Darlington as a parent and currently serves on the Board of Trustees, a role that he sees as a way to ensure Darlington’s continued success.Learn More
Bill Smith ('72) knew the day he visited Darlington’s campus in 1968 that he was where he needed to be. Since his start by the Lakeside, his fingerprints have remained on campus as a student and loyal alum, and he was recognized for his career contributions and devotion to the school when he was named Distinguished Alumnus in 2019.Learn More
She has more than a decade of experience driving growth for global software companies, but if you were to ask Kristen Rachels (’05, LD ’16) where she got her start, she would emphatically say Darlington.Learn More
Sean Atkins (’99, LD ’15) learned the value of relationships at a young age. Now director of admissions and financial aid at Suffield Academy in Connecticut, he says the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized that it is personal connections that make an organization and community resilient.Learn More
From the stage at Darlington to the U.S. Supreme Court, Thomas J. Mew IV (‘90) has taken the foundation of creative and critical thinking skills he acquired during his time at the Lakeside and used them to build a successful career in law.Learn More
Textiles and fabrics are stitched into Bew White’s (’68) family story, but before he could jump into an expected career in that industry, he needed to pursue an education. That path led him to Darlington School for the boarding experience.Learn More
He grew up just a couple of miles from the Darlington campus, but it wasn’t until seventh grade Chantz McClinic (’04, LD ’14) became a Tiger. Now affectionately known as “coach” all across Rome, he has invested himself in service to the community and his enthusiasm for mentoring youth hasn’t ceased or dimmed as he has moved forward with his career.Learn More
An active alum, parent, and grandparent, Dr. Bob Hortman ('72) has served Darlington in a number of ways. Currently chairman of the Board of Trustees, he has also been president of the Alumni Council, chairman of The Darlington Fund, and president of the Athletic Booster Club.Learn More
Your connection to Darlington doesn't end when you graduate. Continue to spread the legacy of Darlington's commitment to wisdom, service, and honor by staying involved and giving back.
Leadership Darlington seeks to educate you and your fellow alumni about the inner workings of the school and provide an avenue to become involved in volunteer roles that are most appealing to you.
The Distinguished Alumnus/na Award was established in 1983 by the Alumni Association. Since then, nearly 50 deserving Darlington and/or Thornwood alumni have received the award.
Connect with other members of the Darlington Community and support each other's career goals by getting involved in this program.