Participants in the John Roy Baylor Day program were (right to left) keynote speaker Bill Curry, seniors Lea Hunter and Connor Duffy, Headmaster Scott Wilson '75, and Associate Director of Residential Life Takisha Haynie
Baylor students returned to classes following the holiday break and were greeted by former NFL player, college coach, author, and motivational speaker Bill Curry, who was the keynote speaker for the school’s annual “John Roy Baylor Day” celebration.
Speaking to the full student body, Curry referenced Dr. Baylor’s final message to his students in 1926 "to live a life of magnanimitas," which translated from its Latin origins means Greatness of Spirit. “If you can live in the moment and capture what you are being offered here, your life will never be the same. You will be a leader at whatever you choose to lead. You will have magnanimitas captured in your soul,” he said.
"The essence of Dr. Baylor's message as I understand it to be is you may become a great philosopher; you may be a great leader; you may be a wonderful mother, father, coach, mentor; you may have tremendous success as a philanthropist. But you will never be the creation that your creator made you to be until you locate your magnanimitas, your greatness of spirit, develop it, and give it to a cause greater than yourself."
Curry was introduced by Headmaster Scott Wilson ’75, who reflected on the founding headmaster’s dreams for his school and his values of faith, honor, and the pursuit of excellence. Click here to read his introductory remarks.
Curry was a two-time Super Bowl Champion and played in two NFL Pro Bowls. As an NCAA coach, he was named National Coach of the Year at Alabama and later became the first head football coach ever at Georgia State. He served as an ESPN commentator for a decade and was the executive director for Baylor’s leadership program from 2006-08.
Dr. Baylor served as headmaster from 1893 to 1926.