Darnaby Elementary officially opened in January 1980, after its 376 students were temporarily housed in a wing of Tulsa Public School's Byrd Junior High. James Darnaby was a businessman who had served on the Union Board of Education for 10 years, starting in 1969.
Darnaby has an active PTA, which works closely with the principal and its teachers to enhance not just the educational experience for students but their entire school experience. One of the highlights during the school year is the annual Jog-A-Thon when families and staff join students in a fun, family-friendly exercise to raise funds for classroom projects.
Darnaby loves volunteers and there are many ways for volunteers to lend their support for our future generations. Opportunities may include sharing your special talents or your career knowledge, reading to classes, individual tutoring, library, vision and hearing screenings, picture day, science lab, gardening in the Serendipity Center, Darnaby Publishing Center, Jog-a-thon, carnival, Reflections, Junior Great Books and much, much more.
One of the biggest events for the entire Union School District is the result of the hard work conducted by the Darnaby PTA, which coordinates an annual arts and crafts fair.
Students play an active role in the arts thanks to PTA involvement as well. It is not unusual to see as many as 200 or more entries as students routinely take home awards of merit and excellence.
Chris Reynolds attended Union Public Schools kindergarten through 12th grade. He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in school administration from Northeastern State University.
Prior to coming to Union, Reynolds began his teaching career with Tulsa Public Schools. He taught second grade and fourth grade at Carnegie Elementary and sixth grade at Nimitz Middle School. In 2007, he received an award as Oklahoma’s PTA Teacher of the Year, the Pat Henry Award.
Reynolds began his career at Union in 2008 as the assistant principal of Boevers Elementary. In May of 2010, Reynolds was named the assistant principal of Clark Elementary, one of only three schools in the nation to be recognized in Washington, D.C., as a recepient of the National Community Schools Award.
In May of 2011, Reynolds was named principal of Darnaby Elementary, which has since been recognized by Project Lead the Way as a National Showcase School. In 2017, Reynolds again received the Pat Henry Award, as Oklahoma’s PTA Administrator of the Year. In the fall of 2018, Reynolds was also recognized by the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance as a recipient of the Flight Night Innovator Award to acknowledge excellence in promoting STEM in the community.
Reynolds is married to a fellow educator and together, they have three wonderful children.