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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.