Alumni Spotlight: Darryl Wall

By Tiffany Boatright
January 10, 2005

Darryl Wall graduated from Locust Fork High School in 1985 and is now a successful chemical engineer with the Southern Company. Darryl started attending Locust Fork in 1973 when he was in the first grade. What he remembers most about high school is his yellow 1966 Ford Fairlane. It was only $500, but he loved it. He says, “I wish I still had it”. He also fondly recalls his teachers. He mentions Mrs. Davidson, who he says he probably had every year since the seventh grade. Also, he mentions Mr. Moss, who taught English. He says his most influential teacher was Mr. Lowry, his Science teacher. Mr. Lowry inspired Darryl to become a chemical engineer. Last, but certainly not least, he remembers his actual high school experiences. He played Jr. High football, was a member of the National Honor Society, and was in the Science Club. After mentioning the Science Club, he admits that one of the main reasons that he joined was the field trips. One of his most memorable trips with the club is the trip to the Natural History Museum. He says he had fun just goofing off and being silly.

The next step in Mr. Wall’s life was college. His career as a college student started at Jefferson State Community College, where he attended for two years. Then he transferred to Auburn University, where he finished in Chemical Engineering. Although he was in Auburn, it was hard for him to feel homesick, because eight of his roommates were from Locust Fork. He speaks very highly of his college experience. He says that it is very different from high school, mainly because high school gives students a more defined plan. He also says that it can be a lot of work, but it is easier once you learn the personalities of your professors. He ends with advice about college by reminding students to have fun and not to worry over insignificant things.

After graduating from Auburn, he married his wife, Dianna. She is a Registered Nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital, where she works with sports doctors. They have two sons, Nathan and Garrison. Darryl now has a career as a Chemical Engineer. He works for the Southern Company, which is the parent company for Alabama and Georgia Power. His favorite thing about his job is the fact that it is intellectually challenging, and he gets to experience a lot of different places and people. He has been to Europe and Japan. He says that Japan is different and interesting, and the people are very nice. Due to his travels he has learned to speak a little Japanese, German, and Spanish. Away from his job, his hobbies are hiking and playing sports with his kids. When asked how attending Locust Fork influences his life, he says “It is where I’m from, where home is.”

Darryl gives the following advice to students today:

“The quickest way to know if you don’t like something is to try it. If you don’t try it, you’ll never know.”

“Get perspective about where you belong. Learn from experiences; they can all be valuable. Don’t get wrapped up in yourself.”

“Maximize opportunities; do it before you can’t.”