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story.lead_photo.caption Greg Harton, editorial page editor for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, (from left) Clayton Marsh, founder of the Thaden School, and Rusty Turner, NWADG editor, while recording 'Speaking of Arkansas.'

The Thaden School, an independent private school that opened three years ago in Bentonville, on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, celebrates its move into permanent facilities on 30 acres that for 80 years served the community as the Benton County Fairgrounds.

In this edition of "Speaking of Arkansas," we interview Clayton Marsh, founding head of the school, about the school's mission "to provide a balanced and challenging education that ignites in our students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose and responsible global leadership."

In the podcast, we discuss what the student body is like, the schools origins and namesake connection to an early 20th century aviation pioneer, the way the school seeks to educate its students and its process for selecting students and faculty.

For more information on the Thaden School, visit

"Speaking of Arkansas" is one of several podcasts produced by the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. You can subscribe to be notified of new editions through Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Play, Stitcher, SoundCloud and other popular podcast services. They can also be found online at

Contact “Speaking of Arkansas” host Greg Harton, editorial page editor of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, at [email protected] or by calling (479) 872-5026.

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