Davidson Day School

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Davidson Day School
Davidson Day School.jpg
Premier Independent School at the Lake
Davidson, North Carolina, United States
Type Independent/Private
Established 1999
Principal Kendell Berry
Enrollment 2 year old-12th Grade (513 Students)
Color(s) Red, White
Athletics Davidson Day Patriots
Athletics conference SPAA Middle School QCC
Team name Patriots

Davidson Day School is an independent school located in Davidson, North Carolina.


Davidson Day School, formerly Acclaim Academy, was originally located at 404 Armour Street in Davidson and rented space from the factory that occupied the building. In 2007, Davidson Day School relocated to its current location, 750 Jetton St.

The school has experienced surprisingly rapid growth during the difficult economy. With current enrollment at 513, the school hopes to eventually expand to 750 with organic growth.[1]


Every year, the Davidson Day theatre department hosts a winter and spring production.

Year Production Location
2008 Peanuts (DDS) Commons
2009 Comedy of Errors (DDS) Theater
2010 Edgar Allan Poe (DDS) Theater
2011 A Christmas Carol (DDS) Theater
2011 The Love of Three Oranges (DDS) Outdoor Theater
2011 Macbeth (DDS) Theater
2012 Happy Daze (DDS) Theater
2012 Picasso at the Lapin Agile (DDS) Theater
2013 Little Shop of Horrors (DDS) Theater


Davidson Day School has moved from 1A to 2A given the growth in student body size. The girls varsity soccer team won the school's first team state championship in 2010-2011. After moving up to 2A for the 2011-2012 campaign, they again won the State Championship besting defending 2A Champions, Caldwell Academy, in overtime. The 2012-2013 campaign netted similar results as the girls soccer team won their third straight NC State Championship.

The men basketball team has been ranked in the top 25 in North Carolina and has placed over a dozen players into colleges in its short history. They were State runners up in the 2011-2012 season and placed four graduates from the class of 2012 on Division 1 college basketball teams.

The school fielded a varsity football team for the first time in 2011-2012 and won the NC Private Division III State Championship. The football team competed in the larger Division II in the fall of 2012. It received national attention after Davidson Day junior quarterback Will Grier threw for 837 yards and 10 touchdowns 35 of 42 passes in one game on November 9, 2012, in a 104-80 victory over Harrells Christian Academy. The yardage would have surpassed the high school record of 764 yards set by Palisades Charter High School David Koral in 2000 against Grant High School (Los Angeles). However officials at the National Federation of State High School Associations did not recognize the record because Davidson is part of the North Carolina Independence Schools Athletic Association and not the official state North Carolina High School Athletic Association and records have to be recognized by the state athletic organization.[2][3]

Influence by Davidson College[edit]

Davidson Day is less than a mile from Davidson College, and many of the current teachers are Davidson alums. Davidson Day, based on Davidson College, developed an honor code. The Honor code reads:

I will not lie, cheat, steal or plagiarize, nor will I tolerate the dishonorable behavior of others.

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Coordinates: 35°30′11″N 80°51′41″W / 35.5030°N 80.8613°W / 35.5030; -80.8613