Durham Academy News & Notes/Feb. 4, 2016  
Durham Academy

Lanis Wilson tapped to serve as

DA's next Upper School director 

Affinity Group

"A trusted leader." "Empathetic and a good listener." "A deep thinker." "A strong sense of right and wrong." All are qualities befitting of a school leader — and they've all been used to describe Lanis Wilson, who will take the helm of Durham Academy's Upper School on July 1.

Wilson's appointment as Upper School director comes after a six-month national search for candidates to replace Lee Hark, who in the 2016-2017 school year will fully transition to his role as associate head of school. Read More

DA's real-life civil rights roots:

Wisdom from the Greensboro Four 

Franklin McCain

"I have some hot coffee here. If you guys don't get off these stools, I'm going to pour it on you!" bellowed the man, as he loomed over the sitting students. "You're not supposed to be on these stools — these stools are only for white people."

The scene, recreated on the stage of Durham Academy Middle School's Taylor Hall, was one that the man, Wendell McCain, knew well. A son of the late civil rights legend Franklin McCain, he heard often about his father's experience as one of the Greensboro Four — the brave college students who launched the sit-in movement that resulted in the desegregation of lunch counters across the nation. Read More

Faculty Spotlight: Lower School

art teacher Pamela McKenney

Pamela McKenney

Lots of kids have a lemonade stand, but Pamela McKenney sold artwork on the side of the road when she was a kid.

The Lower School art teacher had a craft table when she growing up and was “always doing little art side businesses.” She would make barrettes, necklaces, paper holders and sculptures from Fimo clay and sell them to her Atlanta neighbors. Read More 


Parents Association Bulletin Board

Dining Out for DA fundraiser set for Feb. 22 at Basan Bull City Sushi (adults only)

Box Tops for Education spring deadline
is Feb. 26

DA Night at the Hurricanes tickets available for Feb. 28 game 

Re-enrollment deadline is Friday, Feb. 5

Upper School to present Fiddler on the Roof Feb. 11 to 13

WISER A Cappella Jam rescheduled for Feb. 19


DA in the News

National Field Hockey Coaches Association:
Nine Cavs named to 2015 National Field Hockey Coaches Association's High School National Academic Squad 

The News & Observer:
DA swim teams compete in TISAC swimming championships (photo gallery)

International Public Policy Forum:
DA speech and debate team advances to Sweet 16 of International Public Policy Forum competition

Council for Advancement and Support of Education:
F.M. Kirby Foundation, supporter of DA, honored with
CASE Chandler Award

Durham Magazine:
Alumnus Chris Rosati '89 'is looking to make his final chapter the BIGGest yet' 

The Week in Photos

paper airplanes   Chinese NY

space parade   Middle School faculty student basketball






This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Re-enrollment Deadline
- Friday, Feb. 5 

Professional Development Day: No School
(all-day care available)
- Monday, Feb. 8 

Used Book Sale Book Sort
- Wednesday, Feb. 10, 8 a.m. to noon (drop in/out), Middle School Tunnel

Upper School Musical:
Fiddler on the Roof

- Thursday, Feb. 11, to Saturday, Feb. 13, Kenan Auditorium (shows at 7:30 p.m. nightly, plus 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 13)

WISER A Cappella Jam
- Friday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., Carolina Theatre 

Dining Out for DA
- Monday, Feb. 22, 5 to 9 p.m., Basan Bull City Sushi 
(adults only)

Parents Association Box Tops for Education Spring Deadline
- Friday, Feb. 26 

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




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