Durham Academy News & Notes/Jan. 29, 2015  
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Bonus of students' Nasher tour:

Seeing their teacher's artwork on exhibit

The opportunity to view rare photographs from such seminal artists as Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol in the Nasher Museum of Art's basement storage area was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience for the 11 Durham Academy Upper Schoolers who visited Thursday. But what the students saw upstairs — three pieces created by DA photography teacher Harrison Haynes in the museum's new Area 919 exhibition — is what truly made the visit a day to remember. Read More


Celebrating the legacy of former

Headmaster Bob Johnston

This week, Durham Academy learned of the passing of Robert “Bob” Johnston, headmaster from 1969 to 1977.

During his time at DA, the school launched its Upper School program, built the Ridge Road campus, graduated DA's first senior class, established the Hill Center and funded the school's first scholarships. Mr. Johnston worked to ensure that DA was not aligned with any of the area's segregationist schools, setting the school on a path to become the vibrantly diverse community it is today. Read more in Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner's blog.


Lower School posts yellow ribbons

in support of teacher's spouse

When P.E. teacher Beth Roberts arrived at the Lower School on Thursday morning, she was greeted by yellow ribbons at the door of every classroom. The ribbons are in honor of Brandon Roberts, her husband of just eight months, who left early Wednesday for a nine-month deployment to Iraq with the U.S. Army. Read More


Ultimate Frisbee team finishes

regular season undefeated

For the second year in a row, Durham Academy Middle School's Ultimate Frisbee White team is flying high after an undefeated regular season, and the team hopes to catch a couple more victories at this weekend's 12-team regional tournament. 
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Science Olympiad team takes 

seventh place in Ithaca Invitational

The Durham Academy Upper School Science Olympiad team was put to the test in more ways than one as part of the Inaugural Cornell Invitational on Jan. 24 in Ithaca, N.Y. The team hit the road early Friday morning to make the 12-hour trek to the land where snow and science converge. The team placed seventh of 22 teams overall, with seniors Nathaniel Brooke and Abhi Kodumagulla placing in every single event they entered. Read More

Athletic Director's Update

We are so grateful for the outpouring of support that has enveloped the Durham Academy varsity boys basketball team in recent weeks, as the DA community has continued to keep Ryan Hester, Cam Brown and Alston Thompson — the three student-athletes injured in a recent car accident — in their thoughts. Our Upper School student body has been terrific in supplying energy and support at our games! Read More


Re-enrollment contracts due Feb. 6

Don’t delay! Re-enrollment materials for 2015-2016 have been emailed to Durham Academy families, and the completed forms are due no later than Friday, Feb. 6. 

It is very important to re-enroll by the deadline to secure your place for next year. Please complete this process no later than Friday, Feb. 6. If you are withdrawing a student or requesting an extension, you also must do so using this link. Read More


DA in the News

Northeast winter storm reminds viral video fans of last year's  #IceIceSnowDay school-closing announcement 


This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Lower School Night at the CavDome #2
- Friday, Jan. 30, (Girls game, 6:15 p.m., boys game 7:45 p.m.) Kirby Gym 

Lower School Preview Day
- Wednesday, Feb. 4, 
8 a.m., First Floor Commons 

Re-Enrollment Contracts Due
- Friday, Feb. 6 

Upper School Musical - Thoroughly Modern Millie
- Thursday, Feb. 12 (7:30 p.m.), Friday, Feb. 13 (7:30 p.m.), Saturday, Feb. 14 (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.), Kenan Auditorium

Early Dismissal
for LS, MS & US
(faculty work day)

- Friday, Feb. 13

Videos & Photos

Photos: Grades 1 & 2
Where the Wild Things Are Performance

Photos: Middle School Spirit Week

Photos: Preschool/Fourth Grade Valentine-Making for Emerald Pond Neighbors

Videos: WISER A Cappella Jam



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