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Athletic Directors

Durham Public Schools values athletics as well as academics. This school district boasts strong team sports and individual competitors who are among the best school athletes in the state. Football, wrestling, track and basketball are some of the most popular of the sports offered in our schools. Meet the leadership for DPS sports.

Larry D. McDonald, Sr.
Director of Athletics for Durham Public Schools

Larry McDonald, is the Director of Athletics/Health/Driver Education for Durham Public Schools. McDonald was principal of Southern High School from 2001-2004. Prior to that, he was principal of Northwood High School in Chatham County Schools for two years, and associate principal at Orange High School in Hillsborough.


He also previously served as associate principal at A.L. Stanback Middle School in Hillsborough.McDonald was a teacher and coach at the high school level for a number of years in the Cumberland County and Wake County school systems during the 1980s and 1990s, and served a three-year tenure as an assistant professor and coach at Winston-Salem State University, and three years as an instructor and coach at NCCU. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.