Dr. Al Darby has been named as the new Chief Administrative Officer for Athletics and Student Affairs for Barrow County School System. In this role, he will be working to develop and implement the strategic vision for district interscholastic activities and athletics, which will include providing support and staff development at all levels. The goal will be to create a positive environment and enhance sportsmanship and positive relations between the school system and the community. In addition, Dr. Darby will provide communication and public relations support to the School Transportation Department.
With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle School Education from the University of Georgia, Al Darby began his educational journey in 1998. Since then, he has received a Doctorate in Education, with a focus on Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 2010. He received a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Nova University in 2007, and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Clark-Atlanta University in 2003.
Al Darby has been in the Barrow County School System for the last 16 years. Most recently he served as the principal at Winder-Barrow High School, which was his high school alma mater. During that time, Darby was a top 3 finalist for the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principal of the Year in 2013. Five years prior, he worked as the Assistant Principal. He was named Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals Assistant Principal of the Year in 2007.
Starting his career in Jackson County, Al Darby was a teacher and served as Assistant Football and Basketball Coach. He's also taught in the Social Circle School System and worked as the Head Boys Basketball Coach.