Many who saw Randolph Childress ’90 play basketball at Flint Hill in the late 80s probably still recall the pure talent and hustle that he displayed on the court. He went on to play at Wake Forest University, where he was named Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Male Athlete of the Year, after he led the team to an ACC Tournament Championship, with one of the most impressive collegiate performances in recent history. He was selected 19th overall in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft and spent 16 seasons playing both in the NBA and overseas. After his retirement in 2011, he returned to the sidelines of Wake Forest, where he is now Coach Childress. He attributes part of his stellar career to his experience at Flint Hill, where he excelled in the classroom and shined on the court. He recalls developing discipline as a student in part because of the athletic program and the lessons he learned while playing for Coach Stu Vetter ’70. “Attending Flint Hill had a tremendous impact on me,” he said. “My grades shot up. The small class size and the individual attention I received from teachers at Flint Hill were the most important factors in me deciding to attend Wake Forest.” As a high school student, the long commute from his home in Southeast Washington to Flint Hill was a challenge, and he remembers the help that his school friends and teachers gave him with rides and places to stay during the week that were closer to school. Teachers Maddie and Andy Krug, along with their children, were part of that caring support system. Of the time he spent with the Krug family, he said, “I was like a big brother in that house.” And of his Flint Hill experience as a whole, he expressed that he would not be where he is today without it.