MISSION & HISTORY
The Darrow School is dedicated to serving students with diverse backgrounds and abilities, building on each student’s individual talents and interests to inspire enduring confidence for success in college and life. This mission is accomplished through our active curriculum, which is rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, individually focused, and combines innovative classroom instruction with project-based learning and environmental consciousness.
Darrow is the only school in the United States located on the site of a historic Shaker village. The Mount Lebanon Shaker Society was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. It is a setting of unparalleled beauty and historical significance that helps define the character of our school while touching the lives of everyone who lives and learns here. The Shakers’ inspired sense of architecture is reflected in the craftsmanship, aesthetics, and modest design of the buildings in which we learn, live, and play.
Darrow opened in 1932 as the Lebanon School for Boys. Founded by a group of educational and community leaders who shared a set of values about education and community responsibility, it was renamed Darrow School in 1939 in honor of the local family who had first settled the land and provided support and leadership in the community’s early years. Darrow became coeducational in the early 1970s.