One of Atlanta's Very Own
EMPOWERING OTHERS BY FIGHTING FOR WORKING FAMILIES ACROSS THE STATE OF GEORGIA
Darryl J. Terry, II was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He is willing and ready to serve the great people of the State of Georgia. He attended Atlanta's historic Frederick Douglass High School where two generations before him also attended and graduated high school. Darryl graduated from Douglass HS as Valedictorian of his class receiving more than three million dollars in scholarships and receiving acceptance into the nation's premier colleges and universities. A product of the largest cheating scandal in the history of public education, Darryl persevered to ultimately attend Georgia Tech where he graduated with a degree in Public Policy with a focus on sports law and politics. He currently teaches American Government at D.M. Therrell High School in Southwest Atlanta where he serves as the Defensive Backs Varsity Football Coach, Head Coach for Junior Varsity Football, and Head Baseball Coach.
Darryl’s leadership abilities shine through in other areas including being elected to numerous student government positions at Georgia Tech and Douglass while continuing to focus on his education and achieving many honors and awards. Darryl was challenged to choose between leaving his community to pursue his education or continue the work he has already committed to doing. He believes that remaining in such close proximity allows him to be involved and continue the work he has done to assist and better other citizens in the city in any way possible.
Darryl has a proven track record of working with other government leaders. Darryl served as the first Student Chair for the Atlanta Council of PTA's. Further, Darryl has worked on every level of local government (city, county & state levels). Most recently before teaching, Darryl served the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners where he worked on legislation regulating big-box discount retail stores and remodeling the DeKalb County Government Center. He has served the city of Atlanta in numerous roles serving members of the Atlanta City Council, Fulton County Government, and the State of Georgia General Assembly. Darryl has been a lifelong Democrat including serving on his very first campaign, the 2008 campaign to elect President Barack Obama.
A strong spiritual foundation helped teach him the importance of helping others. His faith lead him to see the increase of black males dropping out of high school and establish a foundation to curve that issue. In response, he founded the K.I.N.G. Academy with his longtime childhood friend. The Kids In Need of Guidance Academy seeks to develop the skills of underserved black male youth to reduce juvenile detention and increase their interest in higher education and post-secondary opportunities through mentorship and academic coaching on Atlanta's Westside. Darryl is a longtime resident of the West Lake community. He is also a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Southwest Atlanta.