Upper School News

Posted 12/07/2017 06:12PM
Durham Academy junior Julia King has lived in the Durham area nearly her entire life. But it wasn't until this fall — while taking a deep dive into the city's past through a new Upper School history elective — that she began to truly know Durham.
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Posted 12/07/2017 05:00PM
Exams are approaching, but all of DA's winter teams are full-speed ahead. Our four Middle School hoops team played their first games on Tuesday, joining the four varsity basketball teams and our swim team in action.
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Posted 12/06/2017 03:00PM
The Durham Academy speech and debate team placed 13th of the 150 schools competing in the George Mason University Patriot Games.
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Posted 11/30/2017 03:09PM
It is a busy week in athletics as our teams return from Thanksgiving break ready to dive right back into their seasons. Both basketball teams are on winning streaks heading into this weekend's big games against Charlotte teams, while our swim team, led by new coach Sarah Chaires, will have its first meet this afternoon. Our third DA Athletic Hall of Fame class will be inducted at halftime of Friday night's boys basketball game vs. Charlotte Latin.
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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 11/29/2017 05:00PM
Does your holiday shopping list include a Cav fanatic? Then put the Cavalier Supply Co.'s annual holiday sale on your to-do list! All clothing and gift items will be 20 percent off from Monday, Dec. 4, to Friday, Dec. 8.
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Posted 11/21/2017 10:00AM
The Durham Academy speech and debate team has been honored with the National Speech & Debate Association's Leading Chapter Award, the highest recognition a speech and debate chapter can achieve in the National Speech & Debate Honor Society.
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Posted 11/16/2017 04:48PM
Before taking her seat on the stage of Durham Academy's Kenan Auditorium, Antonia Lazaro paused to proudly display what she'd sought for nearly two decades — the certificate that once and for all declared her a citizen of the United States of America. For Lazaro and the 19 other new American citizens who took their Oath of Allegiance on Wednesday, that piece of paper represents so much: safety and stability, opportunities for education and employment, freedom of speech and religion.
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Posted 11/16/2017 04:16PM
Both varsity basketball teams are off to great starts for the 2017-2018 season. The boys team is 3-1 and the girls are 2-1 heading into Friday night's showdown with Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School from Georgia.
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Posted 11/16/2017 04:00PM
Harry Thomas always arrives a little early for Durham Academy commencement at UNC's Memorial Hall. It's not because he wants a seat down front. He's assured of that as a member of the Upper School faculty. He arrives early so he can visit a bench behind a building across the street from Memorial Hall, a bench where he sat in utter despair five years ago.
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Posted 11/14/2017 10:48AM
The Durham Academy speech and debate team was named overall champion of the Cary High School speech and debate tournament on Saturday. Contributing to the team's success were 25 individual recognitions.
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Posted 11/09/2017 04:17PM
Bundle Up Durham — an organization started by Durham Academy Upper School students that provides winter coats to children in need — has partnered with DA basketball to sponsor a coat drive and T-shirt sale surrounding the first varsity basketball home game Friday, Nov. 17.
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Posted 11/09/2017 03:59PM
Winter sports are underway as both varsity basketball teams opened their seasons with home wins over Durham School of the Arts on Wednesday. In this week's Cavs Corner, we preview our varsity basketball teams as both look to match or improve on last year's No. 8 seeds in the state tournament.
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Posted 11/02/2017 03:55PM
Come join In The Pocket for its first big show in Kenan Auditorium this year! The annual Rise Against Hunger benefit concert is set for Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
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Posted 11/02/2017 03:20PM
Durham Academy's fall 2017 sports season came to a close on Saturday in the most thrilling of fashions — with a nail-biting, come-from-behind victory by the varsity girls tennis team in the state championship matchup. It's the first state title ever for DA's girls tennis program and the first state championship earned by any DA team since 2012.
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Posted 11/01/2017 05:00PM
Congrats to the Cavs speech and debate team on an excellent showing at the Florida Blue Key Tournament in Gainesville last weekend!
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Posted 10/30/2017 09:00AM
The championship is the first earned by any DA team since 2012.
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Posted 10/26/2017 02:51PM
Durham Academy's Board of Trustees has approved a multi-phased Middle School campus master plan that touches every building on the Academy Road campus. The plan creates new academic and community spaces, reorients the campus for cohesiveness and safety, and supports rather than inhibits the Middle School learning experience. When completed, this plan will transform the Middle School experience with a campus designed purposefully for the intellectual, developmental and physical needs of young adolescents.
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Posted 10/26/2017 12:15PM
We are just four days away from the start of winter sports. However, before the basketballs bounce in Kirby Gym and the swimmers dive into the Campus Hills pool, two varsity Cavalier fall teams will be competing for state championships this weekend.
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Posted 10/18/2017 04:20PM
Maintenance foreman Randy Baker has been working at Durham Academy for 37 years and is the father of a DA graduate, but were it not for a head poking around the corner of the business office, Baker wouldn't be here at all.
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Posted 10/18/2017 03:00PM
Durham Academy Upper School is thrilled to present its upcoming fall production, Almost, Maine, from Oct. 26 to 28, 2017. Playwright John Cariani describes it as a "play about real people who are really, truly, honestly dealing with one of the toughest things there is to deal with in life: love."
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Posted 10/18/2017 03:00PM
Members of the DARC SIDE, Durham Academy Upper School's award-winning robotics team, are lending their engineering skills to the N.C. Botanical Garden's Pumpkins in the BOOtanical Garden event, and they'd love to see lots of DA families there!
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Posted 10/18/2017 01:00PM
It's tournament time! The regular season has ended, and our fall varsity teams are participating in their postseason events.
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Posted 10/13/2017 12:00PM
Preschoolers and Lower Schoolers set up bake sales on Middle and Upper School campuses.
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Posted 10/12/2017 01:51PM
It is Spirit Week at the Upper School and our entire school is preparing for the All-School Pep Rally on Friday. (Parents are invited to watch the live-stream here beginning at 1:20 p.m. ) Our teams are winding down the regular season and looking ahead to their state tournaments, which begin next week for most teams. We hope you can come out to support our volleyball, field hockey and soccer teams as they host Homecoming games on campus Friday. There will be food trucks and fun surrounding the 6 p.m. soccer game against North Raleigh Christian on Alumni Field.
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