Norman S. Fletcher has joined the Board of Trustees of Darlington School, Rome, Georgia. Fletcher was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1989 and served as chief justice from 2001 until his retirement in 2005. He is now with the Rome law firm of Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson and Davis LLP.
Darlington School, Rome, Ga., is a coeducational, college preparatory, day and boarding school established in 1905. Nine hundred students attend one of three divisions: as day students in Lower School (pre-kindergarten through fifth grade) and Middle School (sixth through eighth grade), or as day or boarding students in Upper School (ninth through twelfth grade). The school attempts to embody its motto in all it does:
Wisdom More Than Knowledge
Service Beyond Self
Honor Above Everything
Founded in 1905 by John Paul and Alice Allgood Cooper, the School was named for Joseph James Darlington, a teacher who had influenced Mr. Cooper. Darlington's pupils were determined to perpetuate his beliefs in academic excellence, diligent effort, and the development of character. Those ideals have remained prominent through many changes in the School, including the addition of a boarding division in 1923 and the establishment of coeducation and elementary divisions in 1973.
Stretching for more than 400 acres, Darlington's beautiful Middle and Upper School campuses are nestled around a small lake in the foothills of the Lookout Mountain Range in Rome, Georgia, a community of 30,000. A small mountain laced with cross-country and walking trails serves as a backdrop to these campuses. A few miles away, the Lower School classrooms and facilities bustle with activity around an ante-bellum home called Thornwood. The Thornwood School for Girls operated there from 1958 - 1972. In 1973 the school merged with Darlington School for Boys, and the Thornwood house became the focal point for Darlington's Lower School.
Darlington has a proven track record in preparing students well for college. Impressive facilities and wealth of academic, athletic, and social opportunities make it an attractive choice for parents. But more significant are the friendly spirit of the School and its long history of inspiring students to take full advantage of the opportunity to grow intellectually, spiritually, morally, physically, culturally, and socially.