Alumni Association Awards

The Alumni Association presents three prestigious awards to honor deserving graduates, faculty, coaches, and friends of Carolina Day and its predecessor schools.

Nominations are now being accepted for 2024! To nominate a classmate, fellow alumni, teacher or coach, please complete the nomination form or email your recommendation to

New this year! We are looking for young alumni to recognize and celebrate! Do you know a graduate of the last decade (2014-2024) who has demonstrated excellence academically, professionally, or passionately through service to others? If so, we would love to hear from you!



Dave Johnson ACDS '86 is the 2023 Recipient of the C. Robert Bell Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award. 
“Carolina Day and its predecessor schools have turned out so many wonderful academics, from doctors and lawyers and authors. Knowing even some of the people who were in my brother’s class and in my class and all the things that they’ve accomplished, to get the Distinguished Alumni Award bestowed upon me? I think I had to read the email like three different times. Because I was like, how are they giving this to a zookeeper when they’ve got such a pool of people to choose from?”

C. Robert Bell Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award

The purpose of the C. Robert Bell Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award is to recognize alumni of Carolina Day School and its predecessor schools who have distinguished themselves, their school, and their community through personal accomplishments and service to others in their business, profession, or vocation and who have demonstrated concern for and service to their community, state, nation, or world. The recipients should also have shown dedication and commitment to Carolina Day School or one of its predecessor schools, and their personal values and achievements should be representative of the School's highest ideals.

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April Dockery '86


April Dockery '96 is the 2023 Recipient of the Athletic Hall of Fame Award. 
“My CDS education has been an invaluable compass throughout my career. The emphasis on building strong relationships and seeking support has been a guiding principle…The discipline and time management skills I honed as a student-athlete have played a crucial role in balancing the demands of both my personal and professional responsibilities. The collaborative spirit fostered at CDS has enabled me to effectively work alongside diverse teams and lead with a focus on unity and shared goals. These lessons continue to be the cornerstone of my career, shaping how I approach challenges, make decisions, and create a positive impact within my field.”

Athletic Hall of Fame

The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes members of the Carolina Day School family who have distinguished themselves as outstanding contributors to athletics at CDS or its predecessor schools, demonstrated good sportsmanship and citizenship character, and left a lasting impression of achievement and excellence on the CDS athletic family.

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Bob beside the bell


Bob Henson (1939-2012) is the 2023 Recipient of the Artists Hall of Fame Award. 
“Schools are people. Most of them students. I have had the privilege of seeing life unfold in such magnitude that my friends in other professions find hard to understand. You, my students, have been principal in creating the many schools I remember on this one campus in the presently cool, green hills of Western North Carolina. It is your willingness to learn, to play, and to work as a community that helps to create a superior school atmosphere in which all of us can grow.”

Artists Hall of Fame

Sponsored by the CDS Alumni Association, the Artists Hall of Fame recognizes members of the Carolina Day School family who have made significant contributions to the arts. The term “arts” includes, but is not limited to, music (instrumental and vocal), dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture and allied fields, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic and craft arts, industrial design, set design, costume and fashion design, motion pictures, television, radio, tape and sound recording, the arts related to the presentation, performance, execution, and exhibition of such major arts forms, and the study and application of the arts to the human environment.

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