Athletics Overview

Victory is sweet. But athletics is about much more than wins and losses. On our fields and courts, students learn lessons in sportsmanship, resilience, leadership and the value of sacrifice for the good of a common goal. 

Athletics can teach students to deal with the elation of success and also the disappointment of failure — and how to benefit from both. DA students experience broad access to the athletics program, with approximately 80 percent of students in grades 7–8 and 65 percent of Upper Schoolers participating in interscholastic team sports. At the same time, our teams have been incredibly successful — playing competitive schedules, regularly earning top rankings at the regional and state level, and winning state championships.

Tour Our Facilities

Kirby Gym
Alumni Field
Weight Room
Training Room
Moylan Field
Upper School Track
Softball Field
Tennis Courts

Athletics Philosophy

Durham Academy's athletics program emphasizes that a fulfilled life will include complements to intellectual endeavors, including the satisfaction of physical attainment, the increased self-confidence that accompanies development of skills and the pleasure of camaraderie with one’s peers. Durham Academy is committed to developing an athletic participation philosophy that is inclusive, yet preserves the integrity of interscholastic team sports and the integrity of competition.

Our goals for student-athletes:

  • Learn the value of and develop the habits of hard work, determination and self-discipline.
  • Learn the importance of working cooperatively toward team goals.
  • Learn to respond appropriately to victory and defeat.
  • Learn to compete with grace and good sportsmanship.
  • Develop athletic skills.

DA Athletics is committed to the following principles:

  • Providing a varied program of interscholastic sports

  • Encouraging the broad participation of students and the active involvement of its faculty in the athletic program
  • Maintaining competitive varsity programs within the conference and state organizations

Athletic Associations

N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association

DA is a member of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA). The NCISAA comprises 95 schools across four classifications in North Carolina; 17 schools comprise the 4A classification in which DA competes. It is governed by a board of directors made up of heads of school and a board of managers made up of athletic directors, and is led by an executive director.

The NCISAA handbook, including rules, regulations, policies and other NCISAA information, is available at

Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference

Durham Academy competes regionally in the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference (TISAC). The TISAC includes Cary Academy, Durham Academy, Ravenscroft School, Saint Mary’s School, North Raleigh Christian Academy and Wake Christian Academy, which compete for 20 conference championships.

Athletic directors from member schools jointly determine conference policy concerning scheduling, determination for conference championship and tournament sites, state tournament representatives, participation guidelines and many other issues important in the daily processes of our athletic program.