Darlington School: Morris Chapel
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Morris Chapel

An Upper School student’s Darlington career begins and ends in Morris Chapel. Each school year kicks off with an opening assembly held here, and every senior’s journey concludes with a Commencement ceremony held on the adjacent Chapel Lawn. Morris Chapel is used for weekly Upper School chapel services and assemblies as well as special events and performances for the entire school community.

Building History

The chapel’s construction was championed by Andrew Cooper, the son of Darlington founders John Paul and Alice Allgood Cooper, with the help of former school presidents C.R. Wilcox and E.L. Wright. Boys from the classes of 1956 and 1957 contributed one brick each, while friends and alumni of the school provided pews, stained glass windows, and a pipe organ. Morris Chapel was dedicated in 2001 in honor of the family of William S. Morris (’52).


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Career Day

January 17, 2020
Darlington's Career Day featured a keynote address in Morris Chapel from alumnus Will Harbin (‘95), a serial entrepreneur and currently CEO of Global Worldwide, a maker of mobile games. 

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36th Annual Festival of Lessons & Carols

December 16, 2019
The student-led service featured readings from the biblical account of the Nativity and performances of Christmas classics like "Joy to the World" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful."

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Kindergarten Play: The Littlest Christmas Tree

December 12, 2019
The Deaton Darlings present their kindergarten Christmas play, "The Littlest Christmas Tree," in Morris Chapel.

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Traditions of Christmas

December 10, 2019
Upper School choral and instrumental students present the annual Traditions of Christmas concert in Morris Chapel.

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Student-athletes recognized at Fall Sports Assembly

December 3, 2019
Outstanding athletes in varsity cheerleading, cross country, football, softball and volleyball were recognized at the Fall Sports Assembly on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Morris Chapel.

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Fall Sports Assembly

December 3, 2019
Student-athletes were recognized for excellence in fall sports at a special assembly on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in Morris Chapel.

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The Yale Whiffenpoofs

November 1, 2019
The Yale Whiffenpoofs, the first a capella group, founded in 1909 have become one of Yale’s most celebrated traditions. On Thursday, Oct. 31 they visited Darlington and performed a concert during chapel and then worked with the Upper School choir classes.

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Alumni Weekend: Darlington Celebration

October 4, 2019
William G. “Bill” Smith Jr. (’72) is recognized as Distinguished Alumnus during Darlington Celebration, kicking off Alumni Weekend. 

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William G. “Bill” Smith Jr. (’72) named Distinguished Alumnus

October 4, 2019
As Darlington kicks off its Alumni Weekend celebration today, the Alumni Office is pleased to announce that William G. “Bill” Smith Jr. (’72) is the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award.  

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Honor Book Signing

September 5, 2019
New Upper School students and faculty pledge to live by Darlington's Honor Code with the signing of the Honor Book in Morris Chapel.

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