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.
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.”