Alumni to Gather This Weekend for Homecoming, Reunions

Two years of the COVID-19 pandemic put Durham Academy's Homecoming celebration on pause in 2020 and 2021. But with the impact of COVID-19 subsiding, a big DA Homecoming celebration with an alumni barbecue on Friday afternoon, campus tours on Saturday and alumni reunion parties on Saturday night is set for this weekend.

Director of Alumni Engagement Tim McKenna is expecting a little more than 200 alumni and their families for a barbecue social at 5 p.m. Friday on the Lower School campus. “It will be the largest attendance we’ve had,” he said. “I think a lot of alumni are excited to get back on campus.”

There will be Eastern North Carolina barbecue with all the trimmings, bounce houses for kids and lots of time to reconnect with old friends. Alumni also can cheer for the Cavs at four athletic events: field hockey at 4 p.m. vs. Ravenscroft on Moylan Field; girls tennis at 4:15 p.m. vs. Cary Academy on the Upper School courts; volleyball at 5:30 p.m. vs. Cary Academy in Kirby Gym; and boys soccer at 7 p.m. vs. Ravenscroft on Alumni Field. The outdoor concessions will be open for fans.

The landscape and architecture of the Upper School campus has changed dramatically over the last few years with the additions of the STEM & Humanities Center and K Family Commons, and alumni will have an opportunity to tour the campus on Saturday morning. McKenna said tours will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Kenan Auditorium.

Alumni whose class year ended in 0, 1, 2, 5, 6 or 7 will meet for a reunion social from 4–6:30 p.m. Saturday at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe in downtown Durham. Many classmates and friends are planning to gather for dinner after the DA-sponsored event, and some will attend the Durham Bulls baseball game.

“The Alumni Board and the alumni office have worked hand in hand to put the festivities together,” McKenna said. View a full schedule of this weekend's Homecoming events at

McKenna explained that this year’s reunion brings together a larger than usual number of classes because classes ending in 0 or 5 were set for reunions in 2020, and classes ending in 1 and 6 were scheduled for reunions in 2021.

Next year’s Homecoming will be a reunion for classes ending in 3 or 8, and classes ending in 4 or 9 will celebrate their reunion in 2024.