Durham Academy News & Notes/Jan. 7, 2016  
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DA looks to build on Nicaragua success,

aided by funds from Saturday ITP show 

ITP Nicaragua benefit

Twenty-two Durham Academy Upper School students and three faculty members will travel to San Ramón, Nicaragua, over spring break to offer support, labor and resources for the community and the school, Bailadora No. 2, that previous DA groups have helped to build. But they're not in it alone. Along with them will be each person back home who has supported their efforts along the way — including everyone who will attend jazz-rock ensemble In The Pocket's Nicaragua benefit concert Saturday night. Read More


Sophomore Tate Fogleman wins

auto racing series championship 

Tate Fogleman

In the last couple of races of the season, when the pressure is really on, Tate Fogleman usually feels a few butterflies in the pit of his stomach as he's strapped into his race car. But as the Durham Academy sophomore puts his foot to the gas pedal, accelerating to 150 mph, those butterflies are left at the starting line.

Auto racing is the 15-year-old's passion, and he recently became the youngest driver to ever clinch the Pro All Star Series (PASS) South Super Late Model championship. Read More

Faculty Spotlight:

Director of Extended Day and

Summer Programs Dan Gilson

Dan Gilson

Dan Gilson is a laid-back sort of guy. You're likely to spot him wearing a DA Summer Programs T-shirt and an easy, welcoming smile. He wound up in Durham in 2004 because a friend thought he'd like it here and found him an apartment. Gilson signed a lease, faxed the papers and headed south.
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Athletic Director's Update:

Hoops, swim teams back in action 

Here's to hoping everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing winter break! It was nice for teams, coaches and parents to have a bit of a break from basketball and swim seasons. All of our teams will now be in full action as we jump into 2016. Read More


Featured Video: 

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

Eight legends of Durham Academy athletics were inducted into the DA Athletic Hall of Fame in early December. The new Hall of Famers are Dr. Millie Long Barritt ’94, Judy Chandler, Steve Engebretsen, Brock Hilpert ’97, Patricia Biggs Porcelli ’84, Joe Seivold, Kelly Smoke ’00 and Dr. David Spach ’78. Watch Video


Parents Association Bulletin Board

DA Night at the Hurricanes is set for Feb. 28 

Registration open, donations sought for MLK Day of Service meal-packaging event on Jan. 18

Upper School host families sought for
Jan. 30-Feb. 14 Chinese student exchange


DA in the News

The Charlotte Observer:
Varsity boys basketball team finishes runner-up at Urban Builders Invitational tournament

Secondary School Admission Test Board:
Admissions Director Victoria Muradi and former Headmaster Ed Costello discuss mentorship   

The Chapel Hill News:
Senior Veronica Kim: XIV Hours 'just a group of teenagers who want to change the world'

Southern Association of Independent Schools:
DA Assistant Head of School/Upper School Director Lee Hark reviews the book The Secret Life of Teachers

The Herald-Sun:
Durham Academy among organizations volunteering at Habitat ReStore that helped fund construction of six homes in 2015

The Week in Photos

First Grade Candle Lighting  PreK Castle Parties

Kindergarten Mexico Parties   Chess 100th Master Trek

Star Wars Party   Second Grade Bedtime Bash





This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Parents of Alumni Reception
- Saturday, Jan. 9, 6 p.m., Learning Commons 

In The Pocket Nicaragua Benefit Concert
- Saturday, Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium 

Used Book Sale Sort
- Tuesday, Jan. 12,
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (drop in),
Middle School Tunnel 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 
No School, Offices Closed
- Monday, Jan. 18 

MLK Stop Hunger Now
Meal-Packaging Event

- Monday, Jan. 18,
10 a.m. to noon, Brumley Performing Arts Building 

Parents Council Meeting
- Thursday, Jan. 21, 11:30 a.m., Upper School conference room

WISER A Cappella Jam
- Saturday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Carolina Theatre

DA Night at the Hurricanes
- Sunday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m., PNC Arena (tickets on sale now) 




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