Durham College (North Carolina)

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Durham College (also known as Durham Business College and previously as McCauley Business School[1] and Durham Business School[2]) was a junior college in Durham, North Carolina. It was opened 1947 and closed in 1980.[1][3]


Degrees included:[3]

  • Executive Secretarial
  • Legal Secretarial
  • Business Administration
  • Automation Secretarial
  • Accounting
  • Medical Secretarial
  • Management and Computer Programming
  • Pollution Control Administration
  • Environmental Science Technology
  • Laboratory Technicians[1]
  • Court Reporting


  • Originally in a five-room house on what is currently South Roxboro St.[1]
  • 1958, 2635 Fayetteville Rd.[4]
  • 1961, relocated to 404-406 South Mangum Street due to the Durham School board occupying the Elementary School that the school had previously used as its campus.[5]
  • 1966, 3128 Fayetteville Street.[6]


The school was founded by Dr. Lucinda McCauley Harris as "McCauley Business School" in 1946 for the purpose of training negros for business careers.[1] In 1966, Durham College attempted to get accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Business Schools.[7] In 1970, the college was licensed by the North Carolina Board of Education.[1] In 1971, the name was changed to Durham College and the school was accredited for Business by the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools.[1] In 1972, the institution was accredited by the Southern Association as a candidate for regional accreditation and in 1973 it was re-licensed by the North Carolina Board of Education to award the degree Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in all of its two-year programs.[1] Also in 1973, Durham College received a $143,000 grant for a comprehensive development program for the College from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, under Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965.[3] On December 6, 1977, Muhammad Ali spoke at the opening of the new athletic facility that was named after him (Muhammad Ali Health and Physical Education Building).[8][9][10]


In June 1978, the planning committee of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted to deny the school a license, however a restraining order was gotten to allow the school to continue doing business and granting degrees.[11] Durham College had its accreditation revoked in August 1979.[12] Classes were suspended in the Fall of 1979, but a funding drive in early 1980 attempted to raise $100,000 to reopen the campus.[13] In March 1980, foreclosure was threatened on the two dormitories on campus.[14] In October 1980, the Board of Trustees authorized the North Carolina Department of Archives to take custody of student records.[15]


  • Dr. Lucinda McCauley Harris (1947-1974)[16]
  • Dr. James W. Hill (1974-1980)[13]