Winder-Barrow High School principal Al Darby, a 1992 graduate of W-BHS and featured speaker at the April 19 spring meeting of the Barrow County Historical Society, said it has been an honor and a privilege to return to his alma mater.
At the meeting hosted in the Statham Community Center, he was introduced by Ray Mattison, president of the historical society.
Darby played basketball and baseball at Limestone College and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Georgia in 1996 before pursuing a Master’s at Clarke Atlanta University in 2003 and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership in 2010.
He noted that the average service of a school’s principal nationally is two and a half years and 1.9 years for a superintendent, but Winder-Barrow High School’s principals developed a culture, a climate at the school that goes hand in hand with the values and purpose of what education is doing.
While the community grew up along the railroad tracks and textiles, “Barrow County has always put education at the top of the list,” said Darby, who pointed to points of pride tied to the agricultural roots: Statham having Georgia’s first FFA chapter and Winder’s being the 68th. “And FFA is one of those organizations that still make a difference,” he said.