Durham Academy News & Notes/April 23, 2015  
Durham Academy

Retiring as track & cross country coach,

Dennis Cullen leaves a rich legacy

In Dennis Cullen's 39 years as Durham Academy's varsity track and cross country coach, the programs have notched 39 state team championships, and 196 individual state champions have worn the Cavalier uniform. But while Cullen loves to see his athletes win, that's not what drives him, say those who have competed under his tutelage — rather, he's most interested in the journey that gets students to the finish line, and where they go afterward. When the 2015 track and field season comes to a close in May, Cullen will hang up his timer and whistle, retiring from his coaching duties. Read More


Magnificent 7 awards recognize

Upper Schoolers' character

In a popular op-ed piece, New York Times columnist David Brooks recently mused that there are "two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues." While "résumé virtues" are certainly celebrated at Durham Academy, "eulogy virtues" are as well — most publicly at the annual Upper School "Magnificent 7" awards assembly, which recognizes community members for traits like honesty, courage and generosity. At the 2015 assembly, held Tuesday, eight students and two faculty/staff members were honored in an event filled with emotion and sincerity. Read More


Dr. Billy Fischer '94, Tim Dahlgren

recognized at alumni reception

Billy Fischer, a 1994 Durham Academy graduate who has been at the forefront of fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and Tim Dahlgren, a legendary Middle School faculty member who has taught at DA since 1976, have been honored with DA Alumni's Distinguished Alumni Award and Faculty/Staff Legacy Award. The awards were presented by DA Alumni at the April 17 spring alumni reception. Read More


Bargains abound at book sale,

open through Saturday morning

Terrific books at fantastic prices — that can only mean DA’s annual Used Book Sale is open for business in the Middle School gym. The sale began Thursday and continues Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The sale is open only to the DA community Thursday and Friday, but is open to the public Saturday morning. Paperbacks are $1, and most hardbacks are $2. More than 14,000 books were donated to the sale, from children’s board books and teen series to adult fiction and “coffee table books.” The Used Book Sale is a Parents Association fundraiser. 


Third-graders take 'GrandFriends'

on an American experience tour

Durham Academy's Lower School was abuzz with activity April 17, as 350 grandparents and friends from as far away as China, Russia, Israel and Poland got a window into the world of the third grade's year-long study of the United States. The third grade Celebration of Our Nation kicked off with a performance in Brumley Performing Arts Building that was punctuated by ethnic and cultural songs and traditional folk dances and concluded with a display of each student's state project in the Lower School gym. Read More


Summer camp instructors donate

38 scholarships to EDCI families

Summer camps are a fun activity for children in many Durham Academy families, but that's not often the case for families living in a 120-block area east of downtown Durham. This summer, thanks to the generosity of DA Summer Programs instructors, 38 summer camp scholarships are being donated to families served by the East Durham Children's Initiative (EDCI). Read More


Eighth-graders dive into science

of barrier islands on trip

The eighth grade's recent trip to the North Carolina coast wasn't the sunbathing and swimming affair that many students might have previously associated with the ocean. Rather than swimsuits and floppy hats, they wore waders — and rather than whiling away the afternoon constructing sandcastles, they studied sea turtle habitats. In other words, the science-centric visit to Bogue Banks is even better than the typical beach trip, if you ask most students. Read More


Emerald City auction raises

$132,000 for Parents Association

Durham Academy's 36th annual benefit auction was an evening of glitz, glamour and generosity generating an incredible $132,000 in net proceeds. Parents Association donates these funds back to DA to support a wide variety of initiatives in every division. Read More


School store to hold

clearance sale April 27-May 1

Looking to freshen up your spring wardrobe with some new "DA green" apparel — and keep a little extra green in your pocket? Durham Academy's school store, the Cavalier Supply Co., will hold its end-of-year clearance sale from April 27 to May 1. Read More


Work up a sweat for a great

cause at May 1 Zumbathon

Durham Academy Upper School dancers will host a Zumbathon on Friday, May 1, and it's what you might call a triple-win: great exercise, a great time and a great cause. The event, set for 6 to 8 p.m. on the Upper School quad, will support WISER, or Women's Institute of Secondary Education and Research, which is a community development organization that aims to change the lives of girls in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, through education and health. Read More


DA in the News

Durham News:
DA girls lacrosse 'moving on up'

Cary News:
DA fourth-grader Lukas Stone is named the 'honored hero' of the Carolinas Chapter of the Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Walk


This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Used Book Sale Open to DA Community Only
- Thursday, April 23, to Friday, April 24, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily

Durham County Special Olympics Spring Games
- Friday, April 24, Upper School Track 

In The Pocket Spring Concert (Benefit for SOCK Camp)
- Friday, April 24, 7 p.m., Kenan Auditorium 

Used Book Sale Open to the Public
- Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m. to noon 

Hill Mile: One Mile Race 
and Kids' Dash
(benefiting The Hill Center)
- Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m., DA Upper School Track 

School Store Clearance Sale
- Monday, April 27, to 
Friday, May 1 

Upper School International Day
- Wednesday, April 29 

Chorus/Movement Concert, Seventh Grade
- Thursday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Hall 

Upper School Spring Music Concert
- Thursday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium 

- Friday, May 1, 6 to 8 p.m. 

15th Annual DA Golf Tournament
- Thursday, May 7, 1 p.m., Croasdaile Country Club 

Culture and Community Festival
- Friday, May 8, 6 to 8 p.m., Upper School Quad 

Order Deadline for 
DA Night at the Durham Bulls

- Tuesday, May 12

Varsity Spring Athletics Banquet
- Sunday, May 17, 5 p.m. 

- Friday, May 22, 5 p.m., UNC Memorial Hall 

DA Night at the Durham Bulls
- Friday, May 29, 7:05 p.m., Durham Bulls Athletic Park


Upper School Spirit Week

Preschool Egg Incubation

Used Book Sale



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