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Posted Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 4:43:00 PM
Durham Academy scored a coup in arranging a screening of "Maynard," a documentary about Maynard Jackson Jr., the first African-American mayor of Atlanta, on Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and securing the film's executive producers, Maynard Jackson III and his wife Wendy Eley Jackson, for a panel discussion following the film. They will be joined on the panel by Dr. Kristen V. Bell, daughter of former Durham Mayor Bill Bell.
Posted Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 3:30:00 PM
It's a busy week for DA athletics as our Cavaliers varsity swimmers and hoopsters will be competing the next four school days.
Posted Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 2:38:00 PM
With spirited verbal sparring and eloquent presentations of issues on the agenda, all are invited to witness the excitement of speech and debate as Durham Academy hosts the Cavalier Invitational tournament this weekend. Representing 59 different schools in 16 different states, 576 students will be competing.
Posted Thursday, Jan 17, 2019 12:13:08 PM
Re-enrollment for next year begins soon! On Tuesday, Jan. 22, re-enrollment and tuition information for 2019–2020 will be emailed to parents of current Durham Academy students. Using their Veracross link, families can re-enroll, submit tuition deposits via bank draft and update any medical information.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 3:48:27 PM
Durham Academy's Red Cross Club will hold its spring-semester blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of Kirby Gym on the Upper School campus.
Posted Thursday, Jan 10, 2019 2:26:00 PM
Maynard, a documentary film about Maynard Jackson, the first African-American mayor of Atlanta, will be screened Jan. 21 at Durham Academy as part of the school's celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
Posted Thursday, Jan 10, 2019 2:07:00 PM
Saturday's In The Pocket benefit concert is truly a family affair. The Upper School jazz-rock group is more than a musical ensemble — its members think of themselves as a large, extended family — and the 7:30 p.m. Saturday concert in Kenan Auditorium will be a family reunion with 16 In The Pocket members, 20 alumni and 12 moms, dads, sisters, brothers, a cousin and a grandfather coming together for the performance.
Posted Thursday, Jan 10, 2019 1:52:25 PM
Both basketball teams were in action over the break, with the boys winning five of six games and the girls going 2–2. Friday night is a big one for all of our athletics teams, as seven of our eight basketball teams are in action, as well as our swim teams.
Posted Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 9:47:00 AM
While students have been focused this week on exams, the buzz surrounding our winter sports teams continues to build. After two consecutive rockin' Friday night Cav Dome basketball events (our crowd and atmosphere earned a positive write-up in Phenom Hoop Report), both varsity basketball teams will be in action over winter break in the inaugural Durham Holiday Classic, held at Durham School of the Arts Dec. 27–29.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 5:00:00 PM
Host families are needed for seven students who will be visiting Durham Academy from Beijing No. 8 High School from Jan. 27–Feb. 13. Host families should ideally have a student in the Upper School, but no member of the family need know Chinese.
Posted Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 4:24:00 PM
For Durham Academy students and faculty, service to others is a part of life throughout the year, but during the holiday season, these efforts shine even more brightly. From the youngest to the oldest learners, members of the DA community are looking beyond themselves to help brighten the season for others in our community. The following is a mere sampling of the myriad ways that students, faculty, staff and parents have sought to spread joy and comfort this season.
Posted Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 3:44:00 PM
Thank you to everyone from our school community who came out to Kirby Gym on Friday night to cheer on our basketball teams vs. Charlotte Christian School. It was one of the loudest crowds we have had in years and truly gave our squads a home court advantage.
Posted Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 3:26:25 PM
Members of Durham Academy's speech and debate team have had an active November and December, closing out 2018 with successes in several local and national tournaments.
Posted Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018 10:00:00 AM
Many Durham Academy families gather to package thousands of meals each Martin Luther King Day at DA's annual Rise Against Hunger event — and it's possible thanks to the generous families who make donations to purchase the food that will be packaged. Please remember this important effort in your year-end giving plans.
Posted Thursday, Dec 6, 2018 2:48:22 PM
There is a buzz around campus as Durham Academy's 9–0 boys basketball team prepares for one of the most anticipated showdowns in Kirby Gym over the past few years. The Cavs will host Charlotte Christian School, a favorite to win the 4A state championship, on Friday at 7 p.m. following the girls game vs. the Knights.
Posted Thursday, Dec 6, 2018 2:00:00 PM
Does your holiday shopping list include a Cav fanatic? Then put the Durham Academy Store's annual holiday sale on your to-do list! All clothing and gift items will be 15 percent off from Wednesday, Dec. 12, to Thursday, Dec. 20.
Posted Thursday, Dec 6, 2018 10:59:00 AM
Jake Kavanagh's design résumé may read like a who's who in the worlds of athletics, arts and entertainment, but the thrill of those bright lights couldn't hold a candle to his calling to teach, and that's what brought Kavanagh to Durham Academy in 2016.
Posted Thursday, Nov 29, 2018 2:16:00 PM
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. If that popular adage holds true, then Steve Engebretsen's 38 years at Durham Academy — a span marked by countless long hours and days, and shepherding the athletic careers of thousands of DA students and hundreds of coaches — truly represents a decades-long labor of love. Dedicating your life's work to athletics at an independent school also means handling your fair share of a little blood, a lot of sweat and (sometimes) tears. And while he'd never admit being DA's athletic director wasn't hard work, Steve will tell you that his job was easier as long as he kept one thing in mind.
Posted Thursday, Nov 29, 2018 11:18:43 AM
I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving break and is ready for a big stretch of the winter sports season that will take place between now and winter break. Both varsity basketball teams are off to Charlotte this weekend for key games vs. Charlotte Latin and Providence Day, and our swim teams will open up their 2018–2019 campaigns this afternoon at North Raleigh Christian.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 4:58:00 PM
For the fourth year, Durham Academy will play host to an Ultimate Frisbee tournament on Saturday and Sunday with a very important goal — raising funds to supply another class of students at Durham Nativity School with laptops.
Posted Friday, Nov 16, 2018 3:14:00 PM
Only the best chess players around the globe qualify to compete in the World Youth Chess Championships each year, and among them this year was Durham Academy eighth-grader Arya Kumar. Despite being relatively new to the game, Kumar placed 28th in a field of 107 female players under the age of 14 at the tournament held in late October in Porto Carras, Halkidiki, Greece.
Posted Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 11:05:00 AM
Winter season is upon us, and if the varsity basketball teams' home-openers were any indication, it is going to be an exciting and fun three months in Kirby Gym.
Posted Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 10:53:00 AM
A crowd of supportive family members and friends packed the lobby of Kirby Gym as seniors Anna West and Shaffer Woody officially declared their intent to play lacrosse in college on Wednesday. Around the same time, fellow Cavalier Tyler Carpenter '18 also signed to play Division I college lacrosse in a signing ceremony at Salisbury School in Connecticut, where he is completing a post-graduate year.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 4:00:00 PM
The Used Book Sale collection efforts are off to a terrific start, with thousands of books donated already. Many of these books are particularly appropriate for Preschool readers, so the Used Book Sale committee will once again host a Preschool Mini Used Book Sale on Friday, Nov. 30.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 11:36:00 AM
Durham Academy's Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run has drawn an enthusiastic crowd of runners, walkers and cheering family members since its inception in 2010, and the ninth annual Turkey Trot promises to be better than ever. The 5K race is now an official US Track and Field 5K, and the Parents Association event — held on a Saturday morning in previous years — has moved to 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Upper School and will include food trucks and lots of activities for children.
Posted Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 3:33:00 PM
In the nine years since Kyle Mumma '09 graduated from Durham Academy, his career has run the gamut — from operations with Duke basketball and football, to the nonprofit and business consulting worlds. Through those experiences, he's become something of an early-career expert, and he's parlaying that knowledge into his newest endeavor: launching a start-up company that aims to help college athletes translate their experience on the field into the workplace. And on Wednesday, Mumma offered some of that advice to DA seniors at the inaugural Career Day.
Posted Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 2:53:00 PM
The incredible fall season has come to a close, and we are now transitioning to winter sports. Our four high school basketball teams and our swim team have been practicing for a week and a half and are ready to start competing.
Posted Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 12:00:00 PM
The Upper School Bundle Up Durham Club — which works to provide winter coats to children in need in the Durham Public Schools system — is collecting coats of all sizes. The drive is under way now and will culminate with the home varsity basketball games on Dec. 14.
Posted Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 12:00:00 PM
Are you planning to do any holiday shopping via Amazon or purchasing Thanksgiving ingredients at Weaver Street Market? Thanks to affinity programs established by Durham Academy Parents Association with these and other retailers, your shopping can reap rewards for DA!
Posted Thursday, Nov 8, 2018 12:00:00 PM
The next Dine for DA event is set for Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Piper's Deli. Stop by for lunch, enjoy a snack after school, or gather for dinner with other DA families!
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