As if building a new “Slopeside” Dormitory, expanding the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall and rebuilding the David E. Howe Administration Building were not enough, the Dublin School Board of Trustees has approved commencing construction on the Dublin School PRISM Center. This project is a creative reuse and expansion of the existing library building. The project will bring together the mathematics, science and computer science disciplines into one space for the first time.
One of the universal truths of the music scene is that guitar players tend to attract each other. Alex Antonellis (Harwich, MA) was looking out of his window in the fall and saw Grady Allen (Shepherdstown, WV) trudging across the quad with a guitar case in tow. Alex ran out of his dorm and before long, Alex and Grady were busy jamming, sharing ideas and talking about their love for different forms of modern rock music, particularly heavy metal and grunge. They enlisted a singer and a base player and signed up to play at an open mike night at the Dublin community center.
Dublin Alpine ski team is running a summer ski camp at Mammoth Mountain, CA. Weather has been spectacular and the team has been working on slalom alpine fundamentals, brush gates and slalom gate drills. There has been lots of time for free skiing and the team has covered a lot of mountain terrain.
I want to tell you a story this morning about a young man who attended Dublin School many years ago and died as a result of wounds he received fighting in Vietnam, about his devoted younger brother Jack, about a Dublin headmaster who never forgot, and about a 1970 muscle car called a Chevrolet Chevelle.
When I first arrived at Dublin in the summer of 2008 Mr. Fox, the acting and interim Headmaster of Dublin School invited me and everyone else who was on campus that July day to an informal ceremony in the School House. There, Mr. Fox reached into his pocket and pulled out a key and said, “congratulations, the keys to the school are yours.” I felt a real weight at that moment, a weight that would only grow as I looked around the School House and asked Mr. Fox about the five names inscribed on the hearth in the School House living room. “Those are the names of the Dublin School boys who died in World War Two, in the very early days of the school.”
The second issue of Dublin's literary magazine - Layman's Way has been released. We have created a new website independent of the Dublin School website to host Layman's Way (https://laymans-way.org). The new issue features work from current Dublin students (Owen Mortner '18; Mia Brady '18; Katia Dermott '17; Clare Fowler '18; and, Wes Strubbe '18), recent alumni (Emily Bascom '15; Sydney Clarke '16; and Talia Cohen '15) and various friends of the school (Alice Fogel; John Sieracki; J. Kates; and Brooks Robards).
Congratulations to the Dublin Equestrian Show Team! Caroline Robbins and Mia Brady were 3rd and 4th over all in their respective classes, for State Finals!!!
NHHSET (New Hampshire High School Equestrian Team) has 21 High Schools in the state that have equestrian teams, divided in four different districts. Dublin School is in District 1 (with Conval, Monadnock, and Hillsboro-Deering). District 1 was the overall High Point District with total points!!! Great job team! Just to put this in prospective, District 1 is the smallest district in the state and Dublin School is the smallest team in NHHSET. That makes this extra special!!!
Congratulations to the entire Equestrian Team for a great season and thank you to everyone on the team for always being their to help and support each other!!! Also, a shout-out to Ms Rabb for her outstanding job as horse show announcer (including the state finals)!!!! Thank you and great job to the entire team!
Wow, things really ramp up here on campus as we speed into graduation! I just returned from Millinocket, Maine where I spent forty-eight hours with the junior class talking about their senior year and rafting the high waters of the Penobscot River. I like to take this trip every May to start preparing the next class of seniors for helping the faculty to run the school. School culture is important at Dublin, in fact it may be the most important thing, and I want the seniors to be intentional about how they shape and manage that culture.
In 2016, Denis Maguire joined the faculty and took over the DUT program with Phinney. Maguire, an accomplished player at Bowdoin had high hopes in his first year. He expected the high level techniques and strategies that he had learned at Bowdoin and in club ultimate to translate instantly to the Dublin field. While some did, most did not, and Maguire realized that the team simply wasn’t ready for what he thought would work. As the 2016 season progressed, Maguire and Phinney refocused on developing throwing fundamentals and implementing a zone defense to counteract the potent offenses that they faced. While the team made progress through 2016, competitive results lagged — games were closer than before but the overall record reflected our inexperience.
If you walk up the stairs to the Wing and Hollow loft, the upstairs open-plan room in one of our boys’ dormitories, you will meet this a builder’s studio. Bordered with snow boots, winter gear, and general storage items, you will see tools, duct tape, coils of wires, and a stunning army-style robotic suit. On recent nights, you will see students in Wing and Hollow marveling at the suit, trying it on, testing its movement function, and helping the designer photograph his work.
The boys finished out the season with a convincing 10-0 shutout of the Cushing Academy JV. The starting units on both offense and defense had strong performances, and put together a comprehensive half of lacrosse before reserve players started to be subbed in. The game showed flashes of brilliance from young, first time defenders junior Garret Autera and freshman Isaac Espada, and also highlighted up and coming midfielders like sophomore Kyle Mincey and freshman Dereck Elmera.
Dublin earned the River Valley Athletic League trophy once again. In Championship play, Dublin gave up one goal over two games and stifled both Putney School and Eagle Hill School on the way to reclaiming the cup.
Dublin AP Environmental Studies students are partnering with the the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch University New England in their Monadnock Ecological Research and Education (MERE) Project. Through several long-term ecological research projects, the MERE Project is working to develop an in-depth understanding of Mount Monadnock’s current ecological patterns and processes. As climate changes in the years to come, the MERE Project will monitor its progression by looking at what changes occur to the composition of the natural communities of Mount Monadnock.
Mayfair Weekend had a new addition this year - The 2017 Parent/Student Dublin Open on the Horgan Tennis Courts. Organized as a kind of round robin doubles tournament, over 20 students, parents and teachers participated in this new favorite. Partners were drawn randomly for each pro-set and the winners were determined by the most games won, regardless of partner. Yates Desel '17, Calvin Bates '17, Owen Morner '18 and Sara Hamilton P'18,P'20 went on to compete in the finals with Calvin and Sara taking the win. A special thank you goes out to Robert Desel P'17 for organizing this inaugural tournament.
One of the options for Seniors at Dublin School is to engage in a year-ong Senior Project. Senior Project offers students the opportunity to engage in rigorous study centered around a question or topic that is of special interest to them. The course has both a scholarly and a creative, or applied, component and students are given college-level expectations of independence, time management, and advanced analytical and creative problem solving.
Dublin played White Oak at home for their final game of the season in high winds. Dublin started the game with quick scores that resulted from smart defensive plays. They kept this up throughout the first half, which ended 8-1. During the second half, Henry Luettgen '19 and Reed Brencher '20, two up-and-comers, made impressive catches and defensive plays to help extend Dublin's lead. In the final points, efforts from seniors Katia Dermott, Silas Howe, AJ Simpson, and Dieter Brehm (who caught the games final goal), ensured the victory with a final score of 15-2.
With their most successful season in the books, DUT now must say farewell to the seniors who gave so much to the team. However, with an overall level of experience that is greater than this program has ever seen, Dublin looks to improve even more next year. With many returning playmakers, the future for Dublin Ultimate is bright.
The boys and girls boats travelled up to Lebanon, NH to participate in the Granite State Championship Regatta on Sunday. There were six teams involved in this race for boys and girls 4+ boats. The "+" in rowing terminology indicates that the boat has a coxswain, the most essential person in any crew! The coxswains have to steer the boat, motivate the crew, and direct the athletes both on land and on the water. The rowers are visible to spectators while the coxswains are usually lying down in the front of the 4, keeping as low and aerodynamic a profile as possible, and are largely unseen. Their effort, however, is the glue that holds their boat together and maximizes their speed.
It was a successful day of racing for the various boats, and each individual boat also scored points towards a team total. Dublin finished 2nd in this team category. The boys Varsity and 2nd Varsity boats won their races by wide margins, putting lengths of open water between them and the next fastest crew. The girls Varsity boat raced courageously and sprinted furiously to claim 2nd place in their race. The girls 2nd Varsity also had a tremendous sprint to move into 3rd place in their race. The novice boats all raced well and finished with their best pieces of the season. The parents and alumni who came to cheer on Dublin were enthusiastic in their support of the team.
The rowers enjoyed a beautiful day of racing on Wednesday against Vermont Academy. The warm weather, brisk tailwind, and sunny skies made for fast conditions on the course and pleasant spectating for the parents and friends who came over to Thorndike Pond to watch. Many thanks to VA for making the trip and giving both teams the opportunity to experience a competitive race piece. The boys and girls 1st and 2nd boats both finished ahead of VA, and the novice boats were behind VA. The Dublin novice girls joined in the boys novice races since VA only had two girls boats. It was a day when the coxswains welcomed the traditional toss into the pond after a victory, and many of the rowers jumped in themselves!