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Occasional musings from Head of School Brad Bates

Severe Weather Damage Update

Dear Dublin Community,

As you may have seen in the regional and national news yesterday, Dublin School was hit by severe weather late in the afternoon on Thursday. We are happy and relieved to report that everyone on campus was safe during and after the storm. The campus did experience some damage, and we are assessing the extent of the impact today. I am most sad that we lost some important trees around the quad.

Other damage included broken shingles, building siding, solar panels, and windows. We lost power and will be without internet for the foreseeable future. Our staff on campus has been working hard to assess the damage and begin the long clean-up process. Walden School, the summer music school that rents our campus, is continuing their operations as they wrap up their summer program. We are happy that they responded quickly to the storm warnings and got all of their students and staff indoors. WMUR in New Hampshire and a host of Boston media outlets have stories online about the storm hitting the campus in case you want to see more of the impact on our campus. Homeland Security, the State of New Hampshire emergency management team, and the National Weather Service are visiting campus today as well.

I am confident that we will have the campus ready to open at the end of August. I want to thank all of our faculty, trustees, and staff who have shown up today to help clean the campus, the fire and police departments that always take such good care of us, the State and the town for cleaning up the local roads so quickly, and our local community that has expressed so much concern for our health and safety. Anyone who is interested in volunteering next week to clean up any remaining debris can email my assistant Anne Mackey at With the help of our extended community Dublin School persevered through the Hurricane of 1938 and the Ice Storm of 2008 and will continue to thrive after the Storm of 2023. Once again, I am so relieved that nobody was hurt. We will now move ahead with the tasks of repairing the campus and preparing for the opening of another great school year.

Best Regards,

Brad Bates


**As of 8/2/23 we are still accepting volunteers for campus clean-up efforts, if you are interested please contact Anne Mackey.**

Click the video below to see some aerial footage of campus after the storm.