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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).

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Chapel Talk: A Reflection on the Vesper Prayer

Upper School | Jennifer Collins, March 26, 2020
This week's chapel talk comes to you from Head of School Brent Bell and he shares a reflection on Darlington's Vesper Prayer.

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Message From the Head of School to the Class of 2020

March 18, 2020
No matter the circumstances in May, I promise that it is my plan to personally shake the hand of every member of the Class of 2020 and hand you your diploma. This may be on the Chapel lawn, or at Cornell, or in your hometown. I wish we had answers today. What I do know is that I look forward to seeing each of you again soon, honoring your time at Darlington to the best of my ability and properly shaking your hand. 

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Darlington extends spring break one week in light of COVID-19 information

March 12, 2020
After carefully weighing the latest information available about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Darlington School administrators have decided to extend spring break for students to March 23 to allow appropriate time to plan for the remainder of the school year. All school activities, including athletics and other extracurricular events, will be suspended next week. 

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Remembering Life Trustee John Thatcher ('44)

Upper School | Brent Bell LD'14, October 18, 2019
It is with sadness that we share with you news of the passing of John Thatcher, Class of 1944, Life Trustee, and 1990 Distinguished Alumnus. 

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The Map

Upper School | Brent Bell LD'14, September 25, 2019
The start of school this year marked year two of the “map project” where each boarding student at Darlington places their “pin” on the map to signify where they are from.

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BASKETBALL: Darlington sweeps middle school title games

February 5, 2019
Read the Rome News-Tribune article about the Tigers' middle school basketball victories at the Floyd County Athletic Association championships.

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Remembering Life Trustee Al Briley Jr.

Upper School | Brent Bell LD'14, February 4, 2019
It is with sadness that I share news of the passing of Life Trustee Albert C. “Al” Briley Jr. Mr. Briley’s service to and impact on Darlington is immeasurable.  

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Darlington launches new website

October 3, 2018
Darlington School’s website, www.darlingtonschool.org, has a fresh new look. The mobile-first site, which launched this afternoon, is a complete overhaul, including streamlined navigation, new content and more.

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Darlington takes action to protect children of Floyd County as a Darkness to Light “Partner in Prevention”

September 24, 2018
Darlington School has achieved Partner in Prevention status, a designation awarded by the nonprofit Darkness to Light to organizations that take extra steps to protect the children they serve by training staff to understand the issue of child sexual abuse, identify unsafe situations and practices, and react responsibly in the best interest of children.

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Make plans to attend The Purple Tie Affair on Aug. 18

July 10, 2018
The Purple Tie Committee of Darlington School is pleased to announce that The Purple Tie Affair will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Johnson Field House.

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