Washington Duke and other local business leaders brought Trinity College to Durham in 1892. Since then, Duke has grown from a small liberal arts college to a world-class research university, and Durham has evolved from a tobacco town to the City of Medicine, rich in diversity and culture. A strong town-gown relationship is key to the success of the university and the city it calls home, and to the quality of life we all enjoy.
It’s impossible to fully capture or quantify the close ties between Duke and Durham, or the endless exchange of knowledge, relationships, business and ideas. On this page you’ll find a few examples of Duke’s roles as a neighbor, employer, investor and partner in Durham, a city we all are proud to call home.