Durham Academy News & Notes/Sept. 10, 2015  
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Finding courage with humanitarian Peter Dalglish

As a young adult, Peter Dalglish’s path seemed predetermined and familiar to many of the Upper School students he spoke to on Wednesday. He went to Stanford, graduated from Canada’s top law school and the future he envisioned for himself  was simple – make a lot of money, race around in a Porsche with the top down and ski at Whistler on weekends.

But then, he had an epiphany. Not in the religious sense, but a sudden realization that was powerful in its clarity. Read More


XIV Hours music video takes on relationships, stereotypes and respect in pop culture

Last winter, Durham Academy a cappella group XIV Hours created a performance piece for their first national competition at the International Championship of High School A Cappella – a meditation on the unhealthy sexual relationships and gender stereotypes contained in the messages of popular music and culture. It was a powerful performance, and while its message won accolades from the judges, XIV Hours didn't advance in the competition, which was deflating. Over the summer, XIV Hours went to work on a long-form music video dramatization interpreting those same themes through characters played by members of the group. Read More 

Faculty Spolight: Middle School math teacher Gib Fitzpatrick

Gib Fitzpatrick figured he'd be a doctor like his grandfather, and that's what he wrote about when his high school English teacher/soccer coach assigned a "What do you think you'll do for a living someday" essay.

"When he gave it back to me, he said 'This is all fine and good, but what would you do if all salaries were the same? Forget what you think you should do and think about what you want to do.'

"I said 'I think I'd be a math teacher and soccer coach.' I thought it was funny at the time. I never really thought I'd do that."

But that's exactly what Fitzpatrick did do, though it took him a while to realize that teaching math and coaching soccer was his calling...
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Seventeen seniors named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized 17 Durham Academy seniors as semifinalists in the 61st annual 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. The semifinalist pool, announced today, is even larger than last year, and is one of the largest in DA history, said Kathy Cleaver, director of College Counseling. The following DA seniors are semifinalists: Read More


DA in the News

Student manager Derek Rhodes '11 gets shoutout from POTUS during WH ceremony honoring Duke men's basketball NCAA title

Durham Magazine:
Battle for Books: Musicians compete in McKinney's Battle of the Bands to raise funds for children's literacy


All-School Picnic

Affinity Programs 


The Week in Photos

Preschool First Day  Lower School First Day

Middle School First Day  Upper School First Day



This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Middle School Parents Night
- Thursday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.

Innisbrook Fall Fundraiser
- Friday, Sept. 11 to Monday, Sept. 28

Used Book Sale Book Sort
- Tuesday, Sept. 16,
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (drop in),
Middle School Tunnel 

Upper School Parents Night
- Thursday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.

Triangle Corporate 
Battle of the Bands

- Saturday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.,
American Tobacco Campus 

All-School Picnic
- Sunday, Sept. 20, 4 to 7 p.m., Lower School Grounds

Diversity Social in the Park (updated)
- Sunday, Oct. 4, 2 to 4 p.m., Rockwood Park

DA Night at the RailHawks
- Saturday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.,
WakeMed Soccer Park 


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