Bill Arnold ’86 has shown extraordinary dedication and service to FWCD as a teacher, coach and administrator. He graduated in FWCD’s Class of 1986 and went on to attend Virginia Military Institute on an ROTC scholarship, where he earned a BA in History and would later earn an MA in History from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a Falcon legacy, attending FWCD with many family members, including his brother, Charles Arnold ’84, and sister-in-law, Laura Bonnell Alexander ’88; nephews, Will Arnold ’13 and Ben Alexander ’20; nieces, Mary-Madison Arnold ’14 and Kate Alexander ’22; and his own children Taylor Arnold ’11, Robert Arnold ’14 and Allie Arnold ’18. He has been married to his beloved, Debby Arnold, an FWCD Middle School Spanish Teacher, since 1990.
Commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Bill trained Marines at Camp Pendleton and 29 Palms bases in California for four years following graduation. He was a United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1994-2006.
Bill joined the Country Day family as a faculty member and administrator in 1994, teaching Upper School History courses and working short stints as Assistant Director of Admission and Assistant Director of Development. Bill knows the importance of commitment and courage and exemplifies these core values in his work. A combat veteran, Bill took a leave of absence from FWCD in 2004, to command a Marine Scout platoon in Iraq. While there, he was cited for bravery in combat during the second Battle of Fallujah.
Upon his return, Bill went back into the classroom to continue to bring history to life for students, and, from 2007 to 2013, he held the James S. Garvey Chair for Distinguished Teaching in History. Named the Head of Upper School in 2014, Bill was involved in the conversations that led to the Upper School’s new schedule, a shift to 75-minute classes, and was the driving force behind the Upper School leadership program, which invites city and national leaders to campus. In 2016, Bill accepted a new role to serve the School as Director of Special Projects.
Bill brings his personal experiences into the classroom to illuminate learning, channel leadership and incite school spirit among students, which makes him a beloved teacher among students and parents.
“FWCD provided me the value of hard work, academic rigor and academic freedom,” Bill said. “It first exposed me to very talented teachers who set high standards for themselves and for me. Fort Worth Country Day means everything to me.”