Six alumni athletes will be inducted into Durham Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Dec. 6. This marks the fourth class of inductees for the Athletic Hall of Fame, which was established in 2013 and taps new members every other year.
The new inductees will be introduced at halftime of the varsity boys basketball game vs. Charlotte Latin and honored at a reception, sponsored by the DA Alumni Board, after the game.
Brandon Henry ’95 was a three-sport standout at Durham Academy, earning 10 varsity letters and was named MVP of the soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams his senior year. Henry was an Academic All-American, a two time North Carolina Independent Schools Association (NCISAA) All-State selection and two time state champion in lacrosse. In addition, he was an All-Conference soccer player and was the Senior Athlete of the Year at Durham Academy. Henry was a four-year lacrosse letter winner at Dartmouth College. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area.
Lauren Blazing ’11 was a three-sport star at Durham Academy, earning All-Conference and team MVP honors in field hockey, basketball and softball, and was Senior Athlete of the Year. She was a multi-year NCISAA All-State performer and an All-American in field hockey, making her one of DA’s all-time greats in the sport. She played field hockey at Duke University, where she earned All-ACC honors, was a three-time All-American and helped lead Duke to the NCAA Final in 2013. Blazing joined the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2014, competing internationally for the United States. She attends law school at Yale University.
Cab Townsend ’87 was one of the best high school high jumpers in the nation during his career at Durham Academy. A two-time individual state champion and leader of two Durham Academy state championship track and field teams, Townsend still holds the NCISAA record with a height of 6’10”. He went on to better that mark, becoming a 7’ high jumper at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Townsend is an attorney and lives in Atlanta with his family.
Lawrence Craige ’85 is one of Durham Academy’s all-time best tennis players. Leading the Cavaliers, he finished with an 82–1 career singles record, posting undefeated single records as a sophomore and as a senior. Craige won three consecutive NCISAA singles titles, which remains a tie for the most high school singles titles in North Carolina history. Craige went on to be a conference singles and doubles champion as a player at the College of William and Mary. He is an attorney and lives in Wilmington.
Tracy Hardaker Rankin ’91 was a three-sport athlete at Durham Academy, earning varsity letters in field hockey, basketball and soccer. She was an All-Conference field hockey player and the Senior Athlete Award winner in 1991. Rankin also was an All-Conference and NCISAA All-State basketball player, and was one of Durham Academy women’s all-time top three in career points per game. She also is one of only six female members of the 1,000 career points club, totaling 1,323 career points. Rankin lives and works in Nashville with her family.
Kristin Weinhold-Weaver ’99 is one of Durham Academy’s most outstanding swimmers ever. She won six NCISAA individual championships and set state records in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle. She is still a DA record holder, and was All-Conference, All-State and a three-time swimming All-American. Weinhold-Weaver was also an outstanding softball player, earning All-Conference honors twice. She swam for Penn State University, where she was a Big Ten record holder and earned All-American honors. Weinhold-Weaver lives in Durham with her family.