Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing. 

Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 


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Oh what a night!

From the class of 1999 – Matt Crawford. Matt was a four-time all-conference soccer player, a three-time all-region player, and twice an all-state player for Durham Academy. He led two Cavalier teams to NCISAA state soccer championships. Matt played soccer for four years at UNC where he won an NCAA championship, and later played several years of professional soccer. Matt graduated from medical school at UCSF and is currently an orthopedic surgery resident at Duke University.

Dennis Cullen. Coach Cullen has been the varsity track and cross country coach at Durham Academy since 1976, and is one of the most respected and accomplished high school track & cross country coaches in North Carolina. Under Coach Cullen, Durham Academy has won 39 NCISAA state championships in boys and girls cross country and track. Included in these championships is a streak of thirteen straight boys XC titles in the 80’s and 90’s. In addition Dennis and his staff have coached 193 individual state champions in track and cross country. ennis continues as our high school track and cross country coach and as Math Department chair at Durham Academy.

Rick Dike. Rick was the Athletic Director at Durham Academy from 1981-1991. As the first full-time AD he helped grow the program by adding 16 teams to our program during his 10 years as AD and led the program through his work in the then, recently formed NCISAA, spending 16 years on the NCISAA managing board. Durham Academy won 28 state championships and dozens of conference championships during his tenure as Athletic Director. Rick also coached track at Durham Academy from 1981-2013. His 31 years coaching at Durham Academy brings to fifty his total number of years as a high school track coach! Rick is retired and lives in Durham.

From the class of 1998 – Steven Edwards. Steven was an outstanding track and cross country athlete at Durham Academy who won four individual NCISAA state track championships, and also helped Durham Academy to two NCISAA state team championships in track. His times in the 400 and 800 meters and with his teammates in the 4x400 relay are still DA records and still among the best ever high school times in North Carolina for those events. Steven had an outstanding track career for four years on the team at UNC. Steven is a Sports Agent and now lives in Portland, Oregon.

F. Robertson Hershey. Rob Hershey served as Headmaster at Durham Academy from 1978-1988. He was responsible for the development and growth of our young athletic program through his interest, planning and support. His efforts in funding and hiring, and knowledge that a strong and relevant athletic program was instrumental in the overall growth at Durham Academy helped develop our school and athletic program into one of the most respected in North Carolina. Rob has remained a friend of Durham Academy and to many of us here tonight. Rob now serves as the Head of School at Episcopal High School and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

From the class of 1994 – Becca North. Becca was an all-conference player in field hockey, basketball and softball. She was also a two-time all-state player in field hockey and softball as she earned 13 varsity letters as a Durham Academy athlete. She helped Durham Academy win two state championships in basketball and play in two championship games in field hockey. Becca played field hockey for four years at Princeton University. She has a PhD in Psychology and Masters in Public Affairs and is a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer in Psychology at the University of Texas in Austin and is writing her first book.

From the class of 1995 – Katie O’Connor. Katie was the state champion in the high jump as a freshman at Durham Academy and an All-conference field hockey player. She was also a three-time all-conference, and two-time all-state basketball player. She was named a high school All-American in basketball in 1995, is the all-time leading scorer in Durham Academy basketball history with 1468 points, and holds eight other Durham Academy basketball records. She helped Durham Academy to two NCISAA state championships in basketball. Katie was a four-year basketball starter at Virginia Tech University. She now serves as an assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Kansas - and lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

From the class of 2010 – Mollie Pathman. Mollie was a five-time all-conference and four-time all-state soccer player at Durham Academy. She was twice named a high school soccer All-American and was named the 2010 North Carolina High School Player of the Year in soccer by the NC Soccer Coaches Association, and is a two-time Gatorade North Carolina Soccer Player of the Year. In 2010 Mollie was named the Gatorade National High School Women’s Soccer Player of the Year. Mollie is a senior soccer player at Duke University and has earned All-Atlantic Coach Conference honors each season and is a member of the USA Soccer National Team Program.

Posted by in Other, Alumni on Sunday December, 8, 2013


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