Alumni News

Posted 11/30/2017 03:20PM
A stint with Teach For America was the beginning of a love affair with learning for Jamie Gutter. He is committed to the belief that all kids deserve the right to an excellent education and heads a charter school that is part of a network of free, public college-preparatory middle schools in Nashville.
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Posted 11/30/2017 03:00PM
Seven alumni athletes and one coach will be inducted into Durham Academy's Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Dec. 1. This marks the third class of inductees for the Athletic Hall of Fame, which was established in 2013 and will tap new members every other year.
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Posted 11/09/2017 03:47PM
Science Olympiad competitions and discoveries in Durham Academy classroom labs sparked a passion for science that has taken alumna Francesca Tomasi '11 to spend many hours conducting research in labs at the University of Chicago, at the National Institutes of Health, and now at Harvard University. Her ultimate dream? Team up with twin sister Alessandra '11 to develop and implement public health tools.
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Posted 11/07/2017 04:37PM
Whether you're a college-age alumnus of Durham Academy or a professional who's decades into your career, the DA Alumni Office wants to keep in touch with you and provide opportunities for networking and staying connected with fellow alums. We hope you'll join us for an upcoming event!
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Posted 10/26/2017 12:26PM
As chair of Durham Academy's Building and Grounds Committee, Laura Horton Virkler '91 has a major role in the transformations taking place on the Upper School campus and in the planning stages at the Middle School. She has a background in business, has lived in Mexico and Singapore, and believes people must work together to help others and make a difference.
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Posted 10/12/2017 10:47AM
Information is a prerequisite of a meaningful democratic society, and the letters FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) are at the heart of Adam Marshall's work. As the Knight Litigation Attorney at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Marshall, a 2007 graduate of Durham Academy, is dedicated to protecting the First Amendment freedoms and newsgathering rights of journalists. Forbes magazine named recognized Marshall as one of its "30 Under 30" in media for his work launching an online legal guide for reporters and promoting government transparency.
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Posted 09/27/2017 02:09PM
"Billboard No. 1" — that's what composer, producer, drummer and pianist Jonathan Crawford '10 sees on his horizon, and he says his Durham Academy education is helping him get there.
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Posted 09/07/2017 03:08PM
Spending every spare moment in the Durham Academy art studio helped Gracelee Lawrence find her path into ceramics and sculpture in college and grad school, which led to a Luce Scholars Fellowship in Thailand. She's traveled to 13 different counties in the past 12 months and has "learned more than I can express from these journeys and my time in Thailand."
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Posted 08/24/2017 02:28PM
Just 15 percent of the hikers who set out to traverse the Appalachian Trail complete the 2,200-mile-long journey each year. Of those who do, the average completion time is six to seven months. And fewer than a third of the finishers are women.
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Posted 05/11/2017 03:53PM
Andy Kay '98 has found a home in teaching and coaching young people. It's a career he said might seem ironic to the Durham Academy teachers and coaches who guided him through school when he "was a lost soul, made really poor decisions and ... had a really hard time figuring out who I was."
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Posted 05/04/2017 05:21PM
Durham Academy alumna Sarah Treem '98 — an award-winning playwright and television showrunner — and Dennis Cullen — who has touched thousands of students' lives in his long career as an Upper School math teacher and cross country and track coach — have been honored with DA's Distinguished Alumni Award and Faculty & Staff Legacy Award, respectively. The awards were presented by the DA Alumni Board at the April 28 Spring Alumni Reception.
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Posted 05/04/2017 05:13PM
Indira Puri '12 is, in a word, extraordinary. As a student at Durham Academy, she was a National Merit Finalist, was inducted into Cum Laude as a junior and was named one of North Carolina's two U.S. Presidential Scholars for 2012. In February, the Stanford University senior earned one of school's most selective recognitions — the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement. The award honors the top 25 graduating seniors in the School of Humanities and Sciences for their efforts and academic achievements throughout their undergraduate education.
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Posted 04/20/2017 02:57PM
Television writer-producer and playwright Sarah Treem '98 always knew she wanted to be a writer. But it was in a physics class that she took away one of her most powerful lessons from Durham Academy: "You don't always need to understand what you're doing ... but you do need to care."
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Posted 04/20/2017 02:02PM
Calculating the number of Durham Academy alumni whose lives have been positively affected by Dennis Cullen is a problem worthy of the veteran teacher's math classes.
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Posted 04/06/2017 12:02PM
For Kyle Nevins '98, working in Congress for 10 years was much like earning a graduate degree in federal government affairs, and since 2015 he's been putting that expertise to use in a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm he started with three former colleagues.
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Posted 03/30/2017 04:02PM
It was a first for Durham Academy — launching an alumni-driven Giving Day. On March 28, DA Alumni connected with their classmates online and on social media to pay it forward and create new opportunities for current students through their financial support. In less than 24 hours, alumni blew past their initial DA Giving Day goal of 100 new donors and unlocked a $5,500 challenge gift. By midnight, total alumni gifts were more than double the goal with 255 donations to the DA Fund, raising $31,000!
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Posted 03/23/2017 03:58PM
On Tuesday, DA alumni across the country will connect with their classmates to collectively say thank you during the school's first-ever Giving Day. From 8 a.m. to midnight, DA is challenging its alumni to visit da.org/givingday and make 100 new gifts to the Durham Academy Fund, which will unlock a $5,500 challenge gift.
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Posted 03/23/2017 03:24PM
For Durham Academy alumna Samantha Everette '03, getting paid to travel around the world, design shoes and shop may have once seemed like a dream. But as a China-based shoe designer, that's what she does every day, and she now has her eye on becoming an entrepreneur.
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Posted 03/09/2017 04:00PM
March 28 is Durham Academy's inaugural DA Giving Day — a full-day fundraising event for the Durham Academy Fund.
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Posted 03/02/2017 05:51PM
When Tim McKenna's basketball teams break at the end of practice or after a game, the players and coaches always say "family." Developing a sense of family is what it's all about for McKenna, whose 188 victories make him the winning-est coach in Durham Academy varsity boys basketball history.
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Posted 02/23/2017 04:43PM
You might recognize him as "The Staples Guy," but there's lots more happening with Brendan Bradley '01, a professional actor who's just released his first feature film as a writer, director and producer.
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Posted 02/15/2017 03:52PM
Award-winning television writer-producer and playwright Sarah Treem '98 can soon lay claim to another yet accolade: Durham Academy's 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. Treem's most recent honor will be presented April 28 at DA's Spring Alumni Reception at 6 p.m. in the Upper School Commons.
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Posted 02/15/2017 03:34PM
After I hung up my Cavalier uniform, I thought that it was the last of my basketball career. I decided to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, and had to come to terms with finding new interests away from competitive sports. During the first month of school, I joined Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and was planning on focusing on starting my path toward a degree in sports administration.
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Posted 02/15/2017 02:00PM
March 28 is Durham Academy's inaugural DA Giving Day — a full-day fundraising event driven by you, DA alumni, as you connect with fellow graduates around the country to support the Durham Academy Fund.
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Posted 02/09/2017 12:46PM
As an associate professor of political theory at the University of Oxford, Dr. Teresa Bejan '02 has been pretty busy these last few months. Her new book, "Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration," published in January, examines what a tolerant and civil society looks like through the historical lens of 17th-century debates about religious toleration. Bejan's study of "the tenuous balance between diversity and disagreement" proved particularly timely, landing her in the spotlight during the post-election season in publications like The New York Times.
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Alumni Calendar
  • January 2018
    • WedJan10 Alumni Board Meeting 5:30 PM
    • ThuJan18 Young Alumni Dinner - Elon University 7:00 PM
    • ThuJan25 Young Alumni Dinner - N.C. State University 7:00 PM
  • February 2018
    • ThuFeb01 Young Alumni Dinner - Wake Forest University 7:00 PM
    • ThuFeb15 Young Alumni Dinner - Duke University 7:00 PM
    • ThuFeb22 Young Alumni Dinner - UNC-Chapel Hill 7:00 PM
  • March 2018
    • ThuMar01 Alumni Networking Social - San Francisco 6:30 PM
    • TueMar06 DA Giving Day
    • WedMar07 Alumni Networking Social - Atlanta 6:00 PM
    • TueMar20 Alumni Board Meeting 5:30 PM
  • April 2018
    • WedApr04 Online Auction
    • ThuApr05 Online Auction
    • FriApr06 Online Auction
    • SatApr07 Online Auction
    • FriApr13 Spring Alumni Reception 6:00 PM
    • ThuApr19 Alumni Networking Social - Charlotte 6:00 PM
    • ThuApr26 Alumni Networking Social - New York City 6:30 PM
  • May 2018
    • TueMay15 18th Annual DA Golf Tournament 1:00 PMHope Valley Country Club
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