Q&A with Daryll Butler ’92: Reflections on the Carroll Experience

Q:  How did your high school experience at Carroll shape you into the person you are today?

A:  I was a terrible student before I came to Carroll. I was lost both academically and spiritually. The teachers and students encouraged me to fundamentally believe that I too could rise to the academic challenge Carroll presented. The Carroll community allowed me to be uniquely me even when I would respectfully question the status quo or traditional doctrine. Most importantly, I graduated from Carroll with a solid educational and spiritual base that prepared me to tackle the rigors of college life and law school.  

Q:  What are some of your fondest memories of your time at Carroll?

A:  I was in awe of the spirit of service that permeated everything we did at Carroll. Although I came from a proud working class family, after Social Justice class with Mr. Hoderny, I would never view poverty or human suffering the same. Moreover, I was hopeful because I saw in the Carroll community an example of how I could play an integral part to make the world a better place.  

Other memories are about coming of age and self-actualization. I fondly remember the smile and tears on my mother’s face when I finally overcame my years of academic struggles to make the Honor Roll the very first time. Later, I was amazed that the National Honor Society deemed me worthy of induction and that many colleges offered me admission. Athletically, I can still hear the cheers from the football field where I was privileged to represent Carroll as one of the players that helped form the unbroken band of brothers that consists of all Carroll football players past and present. I recollect the friends I made, teachers, coaches, and students, some of whom have passed on but will never be forgotten.   

Q: What advice would you give to current students about how to make the most of their time at Carroll?

A: Be brave enough to challenge yourself to overcome self-imposed limits that do not actually exist anywhere but in your mind. I encourage students to cherish this epoch in their lives because time passes by much too quickly. Lastly, do not be afraid to pray and know that you may be the answer to someone’s prayers by your works of social justice and community service.

Q: Why is it important for alumni to continue to be involved with Archbishop Carroll after graduating?

A:  I encourage all alumni to get involved with the Alumni Association because it will be our collective lasting legacy. Even if it is simply coming to Association events or actively participating in the governance, the Association can only be successful if alumni are actively engaged in large numbers.