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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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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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Darlington to continue distance learning through remainder of school year

April 2, 2020
Darlington School has made the decision to keep the campus closed for the remainder of the school year after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued the same order for public schools on April 1. The school will continue its distance learning program through the end of May.

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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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