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For 50 years, Durham Academy's mission has compelled faculty and staff to prepare students to live moral, happy, productive lives. And if the lives lived by the 5,000-plus adults who comprise the DA alumni community are any indication, the effort is succeeding. This network of fellow alumni is a lifelong benefit of a DA education. 

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"Like many alumni, attending Durham Academy significantly influenced my life and has continued to impact it almost 10 years after graduating. Many people take for granted the significance a local alumni event can have on your future, however it was my decision to attend an alumni event in Charlotte that inevitably led me to my dream job with David Ravin ’89. This strong network allows us to continually be connected to the brilliance our alma matter helped to create and affords us the ability to make impactful and long-lasting connections."

Walker McLear '09

Guiding the Next Generation of Cavs

While alumni have always been encouraged to share about their post-DA experiences with students, there is now a more intentional program in place to facilitate such interactions. 

Matt Earp ’97 is among the alums who have returned to campus to share about their careers with students.

Earp described his current career as a content design leader for the Metaverse: “I create immersive experiences that are open, inclusive and joyful for everyone. My current focus is Meta Horizon Worlds, Meta's immersive world-building platform, helping people understand and navigate their experience through words, signs, symbols, sounds and shapes.” 


In her new position as student development and career exploration counselor with the College Counseling team, Lori Reade is working to help students envision life beyond college. Several alumni have visited campus to talk about their professional and educational journeys with Upper School students.

Interested in participating? Contact Lori

Durham Academy Fund

Alumni support is critical to the success of the Durham Academy Fund, which helps fund student financial aid, academics, arts, athletics and more — allowing the school to say "yes" to ideas that have an immediate impact on students and teachers.

Support the DA Fund

Beyond the Threshold

Members of the DA alumni community have already generously supported our ongoing Beyond the Threshold effort — which is reimagining the Middle and Upper School campuses with state-of-the-art, purpose-driven facilities — with $7.3 million in capital gifts. 

A unique opportunity available to alumni is a collective effort to raise $250,000 to name Alumni Way on the Academy Road campus.

Learn More About Beyond the Threshold & Alumni Way

Alumni Way Support

“The Academy Road campus is being beautifully transformed so we can fully unleash the potential of our current and future students. Please join me in honoring our classmates and teachers with a gift supporting this important campaign. We look forward to welcoming you to Alumni Circle!”

— Kayte Proctor Freelon '03