Daryll D. Butler II: From Carroll's First Graduating Class to the Class of 2021

Who is Daryll Butler II? He is a scholar, an athlete, and a follower of Christ. Butler II grew up in a home where Carroll apparel and Carroll football were proudly displayed. As a diligent and logical 8th grader, he toured each of the all-male and co-educational high schools in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference before deciding to join the legacy of over 20 family members who have graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School. "Carroll just felt like family." Butler II explained, "I was interested in the IB program because it seemed like it would prepare me for college."

Most of his classmates will experience Carroll for the first time when they arrive for orientation, not Butler II. He spent his summer taking a math enrichment course with Ms. Jackson-Nesmith '94, and on the football field practicing with his new team. It seems befitting that Butler II would take an interest in the sport, his father was the co-captain of Carroll's football team in the early 1990's. While Butler II acknowledges his family's history at Carroll, he has plans to make his experience unique. "It feels good because I can continue what other family members started at Carroll. I will also carve out my own legacy with the support of my family, teachers, coaches, and fellow students." Carving out that legacy starts with setting goals, and he has already decided that at the top of his list he wants to, "meet new people, get good grades, participate in clubs and activities, contribute to the football team, and grow [his] relationship with God."

His father, Daryll Butler, Esq., is an active Carroll alumus. Since graduation in 1992, Butler has served on the board (and as president) of the Alumni Association, currently serves on the President's Leadership Council, advising Ms. Blaufuss, and proudly declares that he rarely misses a homecoming football game. This year is a big year for Butler in more ways than one. "
I'm celebrating my 25th [class] anniversary. This is a perfect full circle of life to celebrate my 25th anniversary to my son beginning his freshman year at the same time."

Butler recalled the kind and nurturing community he experience during his time at Carroll. "It seemed like society was breaking down around me... Carroll was a safe place where I could have fun." Those feelings of safety and joy made an indelible impact on Butler's life. "Because [Carroll] was so influential in my development as a young man, I always told myself that I would give back and I would always be a part of Carroll going forward, and I try to fulfill that." Butler is a model alumnus, always willing to give his time and resources to ensure Carroll's success. "I never feel like I can do enough, simply because I got so much from Carroll while I was there," and that is why he felt Carroll would be the perfect fit to do the same for his son.

Butler's advice to his son: F
orge your own destiny.