Welcome to Durham - Home of the Blue Devils!
Originally an agricultural area of Orange County, the City of Durham began its modern-day life as Durham Station with the opening of a railroad station in 1849. The town grew slowly until after the Civil War when the tobacco industry began to thrive due to the rapid growth of the Bull Durham Tobacco Company and the W. Duke & Sons Tobacco Company. Two events in the early 1900's lead the way to the Durham of today. In 1910, North Carolina Central University, the nation's first publicly supported liberal arts college for African-Americans, was founded and in 1924 James Buchanan Duke established a philanthropic foundation to support Trinity College. Trinity College later changed its name to Duke University. As the tobacco industry began to falter in the late 1900's, Durham began the transition to a college town and a major medical center. Although nationally known for its basketball and football teams, Duke University is best known for its health care organization. Duke University Medical Center is world renowned for its research and patient care.
In the late 1950's, Duke University, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University in Raleigh persuaded the North Carolina Legislature to purchase a large tract of land in southern Durham County and create the nation's first "science park" for industry. This area, now called Research Triangle Park, has become the center of high tech industry in the area. Currently over 200 companies including IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and Cisco Systems have facilities in the park.
The Durham of today is vibrate college town with fine restaurants, a Shopping Mall, its own minor league baseball team, the Durham Bulls, and a variety of cultural venues including the Carolina Theater and the Durham Performing Arts Center. The city of Durham is growing rapidly with new construction prevalent in the downtown area.
The rapid growth of the Durham area has resulted in a similar growth in the local housing industry. As a result, the price of homes in the immediate area has risen about 9% over the past year and the market turns over rapidly. The average days on the market until a sale dropped from 49 to 39 during 2016.
Durham and Durham County are service by the Durham Public School District. This district has four main high schools including Hillside, Jordan, Northern and Riverside, five magnet high schools (City of Medicine Academy, Hillside New Tech High School, J.D. Clement Early College High School, Middle College High School at Durham Tech, and Southern School of Energy & Sustainability), and two specialized high schools (Holton Career & Resource Center and The Durham Performance Learning Center). Entry into a magnet school is via a lottery.
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Updated: 15th October, 2019 10:38 PM.
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Updated: 15th October, 2019 10:38 PM.