Bates, Brad

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603-563-1222

Head of School

BA Dartmouth College
MALS Dartmouth College

I grew up in Concord, Massachusetts as the son of two teachers. My father attended Dublin and later taught at the school. My brother, sister and I were raised in the "Dublin way" and it feels very natural to now be living and working at the school with my wife Lisa, son Calvin and daughter Lilly. We love to ski, hike, and bike throughout the Monadnock Region.

What book has made you think the most? Herman Melville's Benito Cereno. Without spoiling the plot, I love how Melville plays with the reader's perspective throughout this short novel. It makes me think carefully about what his true views were on slavery at the time of the writing.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Michael Sherman, my calculus teacher at the Belmont Hill School had the greatest impact on me. He found that perfect balance of challenging me and supporting me so that my confidence grew at an important time in my intellectual growth. He also had a wonderful sense of humor and classes and extra help sessions felt like performances. This is an educator who clearly loves teaching young people.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Enthusiastic, curious, supportive.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? I took a documentary film course from Professor Martin Sherwin while pursuing a masters at Dartmouth College. Professor Sherwin is a leading scholar on the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan and his insights into the biases and perspectives of documentary films made during the Cold War taught me important lessons about critical viewing and reading.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? There is a bridge across a stream on our lower campus that is almost a mile from the quad. There is moss on the rocks, small brook trout in the stream, and a beautiful trail that leads you deep in the heart of our beautifully diversified forest. I like to go there alone, walk with there with my family and run, bike and ski there with our students. This spot gives me a special appreciation for the location the Lehmann family chose for Dublin School. For the Lehmann's in the 1930's and for us today, having a location that allows us to unplug, connect and reflect is an important aspect of our educational mission.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? I am learning not to judge other people because I have made a number of mistakes that have led to a positive outcome. I have learned to always look for the good in other people and have found that when I do I often find it!

If I had a free afternoon I would... People know that I am a little obsessed with cross country skiing. So, if I had a free afternoon, I would hit the trails on my skis or use my roller skis on our stunning New Hampshire backroads. Cross country skiing has that perfect combination of focused practice, healthy exercise, and meditative experience that both relaxes and energizes me.