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Brent Bell LD'14

Head of School

Brent was named Darlington's 11th head of school in 2014. With two decades of experience in education, he holds a B.A. in History from the University of Richmond and an M.S. in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to his work here, Brent was head of Upper School at Randolph School in Huntsville, Ala. He also served previously as assistant headmaster and dean of academic affairs at Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Va., where he held the E. Craig Wall Family Mastership. He and his wife, Andrea, have three children, Charlie ('22), Jack ('24) and Brent ('26).

Boys M.S. Basketball

Head Coach

College Education
B.A. University of Richmond
MSEd Virginia Commonwealth University

6 to 8 Certificates of Academic Excellence

May 20, 2021
Students in grades 6 to 8 were awarded Certificates of Academic Excellence during advisory time in Thatcher Hall's Ledbetter Commons. 

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Podcast Episode 4: A Chat With Lee Hark ('89, LD '17)

April 22, 2021
Welcome to Episode 4 of The Darlington Podcast! In this episode, Brent Bell, head of school at Darlington, catches up with Lee Hark ('89, LD '17), head of school at Greenhill School near Dallas, Texas. 

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Middle School Honors Students Recognized

February 1, 2021
Middle school students were recognized for their first semester academic honors during a brief Flagpole ceremony. 

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New CDC Guidelines for COVID-19 Quarantine Period

Upper School | Jennifer Collins, December 4, 2020
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines for the quarantine period for those identified as close contacts to positive COVID-19 cases.

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Election Week Chapel Talk: Red & Blue Make Purple

Upper School | Brent Bell LD'14, November 5, 2020
The following is an excerpt from the Election Week chapel talk I gave to Upper School students on Nov. 5.

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Remembering Darlington Legend Gordon Neville ('55)

Upper School | Brent Bell LD'14, October 6, 2020
It is with sadness that we share with you news of the passing of retired longtime faculty member Gordon Neville, Class of 1955, on Oct. 5.

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Opening Convocation

September 11, 2020
The Darlington Community kicks off our 116th school year with a socially distanced Opening Convocation ceremony in Chris Hunter Stadium. The Ceremony features 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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On Doing Better

Upper School | Brent Bell LD'14, June 3, 2020
Recent acts of violence against members of the African-American community have shaken us to our core. While we believe that Darlington has provided an educational foundation that has allowed many Darlington alumni and students to be highly engaged citizens committed to enhancing the greater good, we know that we can improve so that all of our students are able to do their small part in stopping this cycle.

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Chapel Talk: How Will You Remember 2020?

Upper School | Jennifer Collins, May 14, 2020
This week's chapel talk comes to you from Head of School Brent Bell as he shares his thoughts on how 2020 has unfolded and the importance of framing our memories in ways that reflect our core values.  

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Commencement plans for the Class of 2020

April 22, 2020
Given the information in front of us at this time, we are excited to announce plans for Commencement exercises for the Class of 2020.

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