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When Durham Academy’s varsity girls tennis team took to the court on Sept. 21 for a match vs. Ravenscroft, they were the first team to wear a DA uniform in more than six months. When the school went on spring break in early March — with the changes that the COVID-19 pandemic would bring not yet fully apparent — no one knew how long it would actually be before students and coaches would return to school and resume interscholastic sports.

Read More about Student-Athletes Find Joy in Careful Return to Competition

After the latest update from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as consultation with peer schools in the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference, Durham Academy Athletics is ready to announce our return-to-competition practice protocols for Upper School moderate-risk sports: volleyball, field hockey and boys soccer.

Read More about Athletics Update: Sept. 17

Thank you once again for your patience and flexibility as we continue to explore all options for our DA fall athletics teams. After meetings with our Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference peers and our own Administrative Team leaders, we have a few updates to announce. 

Read More about Athletics Update: Sept. 9

Susan Ellis, who teaches physical education at the Middle School and coaches varsity girls soccer and JV girls tennis, is the 2020 recipient of Durham Academy’s F. Robertson Hershey Distinguished Faculty Award. The award was presented Monday at DA’s opening faculty and staff meeting. Watch a recording of the award presentation via Facebook.

Read More about Middle School PE Teacher Susan Ellis Honored with Distinguished Faculty Award

Thanks to the efforts and cooperation of our DA Athletics staff, coaches, parents and student-athletes, we have had a successful summer of voluntary workouts and pre-season training. Last week, the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletics Association approved practices and competitions for fall sports in the low- and moderate-risk categories. While this is promising news for our teams, we will continue to move at a steady and safe pace before considering interscholastic competition. Please see the chart below for the progression of our teams over the next four weeks. Due to the evolving landscape of high school athletics during the COVID-19 pandemic, everything is subject to change.  

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