Happy Juneteenth

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Happy Juneteenth!

On this day one hundred and fifty-four years ago Union General Gordon Granger delivered the following notice (referred to as Order #3) to the people of Galveston, Texas:

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property, between former masters and slaves and the connection heretofore existing between them, becomes that between employer and hired labor. The Freedmen are advised to remain at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts; and they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.

June 19th is a seminal moment in our history that reminds us that our work is never done when it comes to addressing our history of oppression and slavery and our modern forms of structural racism. June 19th is both a celebration and a call to action when it comes to educating our current students about justice, racism, equality, and true emancipation. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863, freeing the slaves in all areas under rebellion against the United States. The Civil War ended on April 9th, 1865, and the news did not reach many of the citizens of Texas until Order #3 was delivered. There is some debate about how the news was likely kept from the emancipated slaves before Granger arrived with an official order. When the order did arrive many freed citizens headed north in search of lost loved ones and economic opportunity. June 19th quickly emerged as an annual day of celebration in African-American communities around the United States and particularly in the southern States.

As a history teacher I used to ask my students when true equality was achieved in the United States. The more carefully they studied our history the more they argued that serious barriers to equality remained despite the best efforts of people working intentionally to remove those barriers. It is clear to me that there is a great deal of work to be done in our neighborhoods, our schools, our states, and our nation before the spirit of Juneteenth, a spirit of love triumphing over hate, a spirit of pursuing truth over ignorance, and a spirit of Americans working together to create a more perfect union for everyone in that union will prevail. Let us celebrate this important day and commit ourselves to this essential work.

How can I help?

Every year I receive notes about students and their behavior. Over the last eleven years I would say that not all of them have been glowing, but most certainly are. This year I have received more positive comments about our students than I have ever experienced in my career. We heard many compliments about how our seniors behaved on their recent service trip to Florida. And just recently I received the following letter from the man who takes care of Emmanuel Church, the Episcopalian Church that abuts our campus and that is used for its summer congregation. This note struck me since it refers to one of the first traditions that the Lehmann family brought to our school: the Work Gang. Paul Lehmann felt that Work Gang was possibly the “most important course in the school” because it taught the students something “new, useful, interesting.” Mr. Lehmann wanted the students to make their neighborhood a better place and frequently sent his students into the community to help out as needed. We continue this tradition today by helping out organizations like Emmanuel Church. I would love all of our students to graduate from Dublin and start building up their neighborhoods by asking, “How can I help?”

Here is the letter:

Brad,

I’ve started several drafts of this letter – all trying to encapsulate the aid and positive attitude of the Dublin students I interacted with over the past 4 Saturdays.  While each group varied in size, their ability to make a difference and improve Emmanuel’s grounds has been significant. 

Last week I worked with Brooks and a small group… the week before, with Paul Wardlaw (and 2 other faculty).  While I do not remember the names of the other adults on other weekends, ALL were terrific.

A mainstay of support has been Andy Hungerford…

I am tempted to quantify “success” or “Achievement” by noting “x” truckloads of saplings, shrubs, wet leaves and sand removed from the property.  Yet what I value most is “attitude”…and what generated my broadest grin happened last Saturday.  As the small group ambled down the hill towards the church, the first student approached me and initiated the question: “How can I help?

Fessenden’s honored head, Frank Perrive might have considered the above: The Special Sauce” – qualities that are hard to quantify but make good kids great community members… I have seen firsthand, that Dublin School has some very special sauce, and I am most appreciative that your faculty, staff and students shared it with me.

Happy Friday

Emmanuel Church

Emmanuel Church

Crew at Stotesbury Regatta and Granite State Championship Regatta - May 18-20, 2018

The Dublin Crew finished their season with two championship regattas. First, the boys varsity four of Quinn Wilson, Neil Griffin, Wyatt Switzer, A.J. Lee and coxswain Laura Coffin traveled to Philadelphia to compete in the Stotesbury Regatta. The Stotesbury is the biggest high school regatta in the world, and it includes over 5,000 athletes racing on the Schuylkill River. The team was intimidated, and also inspired, by the size and scope of this rowing event. The regatta begins with a time trial to sort out the boats and narrow down the competitors. In the boys senior four division, there were 54 teams and only the top 18 would advance out of the time trial to the semi-final round. The boys knew that this would be a difficult challenge to meet since Dublin was the smallest school competing at this regatta, and since most of the other teams row year round. In a great race, the crew finished 15th in the time trial and earned the chance to race in the semis. There was a crowd estimated at 100,000 on the day of the semis, and they gave their best effort in their race. They fell short of making the finals, but they knew that they had raced harder than ever before and learned valuable lessons about how to race at the next level. 

After de-rigging their boat and loading it on the truck (many thanks to Andy Hungerford for driving this truck and supporting the team!), they had to make the seven hour drive back to school, sleep a few hours, and then wake up early the next morning with the rest of the program to compete in the Granite State Championship Regatta. The entire squad of 45 rowers traveled up north of Hanover to race on the Connecticut River against six other teams. Every athlete on the team had the chance to compete in some event, and Dublin had great success.  Every boat earned a place in the finals, showing the depth and quality of talent in this year's squad.  The boys and girls novice boats each finished second, the boys third varsity fours raced well in their event, the boys second varsity boat finished second and the girls second varsity boat won their event. The boys varsity boat was clearly out of gas by the time they raced in their final, finishing fourth. The girls varsity boat had a thrilling race, finishing second by a few feet. When the dust settled from all this racing, the Dublin team as a whole, based on their overall performance, won the Team Championship Trophy by only one point. It was a total effort, and every boat and every athlete contributed to this exciting outcome. And once again thanks is due to the kitchen who fed us our early morning breakfast, to parents who brought food and drinks for the rowers, and to Norm Bergeron who drove the trailer and helped out the crews at this regatta.

The boats are now back in the Steele Boathouse, the oars are neatly in their racks, and the season is officially over. The rowers can look back with pride at their accomplishments in this short, spring season, and the underclassmen will form the core of a growing and enthusiastic group of rowers at Dublin School next year!

Girls Tennis vs. Lakes Region Championships - May 18, 2019

Girls tennis debuted at the Lakes Region Varsity tournament with a solid performance in singles and doubles.  Junior Mya Kerwin lost to the second seed at #1 singles in a tight match.  Leading most of the way, the match swung on a couple of points with Kerwin dropping the match 8-6.  Amelia Pyron lost to the first seed at #2 singles, again leading most of the way before also posting an 8-6 score.  At #1 doubles, senior Grace Harrington and sophomore Kusum Aryal ran through the competition before losing in the finals to Brewster's top team.  Seniors Olivia O'Rourke and Jasmine Barrett at #2 doubles lost a quarterfinal heartbreaker to KUA with the match coming down to the last point.  Dublin's impressive Lakes Region showing and improvement throughout the season is a testament to the leadership of our six seniors.

Boys Tennis vs. Lakes Region Championships - May 18, 2019

Boys tennis debuted at the Lakes Region Varsity tournament with an impressive showing in singles and doubles.  Senior James Wolpe led the charge at #1 singles as he lost a tight match in the finals to KUA's #1.  Sophomore Will Orr lost a tightly contested quarterfinal match after winning his opener in a tie-breaker.  In doubles action, the #1 doubles team of Otto Vogel and Clint Macy had their semi-finals run come to an end against a game KUA doubles team.  Kyle Greenberg and Will Armstrong also made it to the semi-finals at #2 doubles before losing to Brewster's tandem.  Dublin's impressive Lakes Region performance capped off a stellar season for boys tennis and seniors Wolpe and Greenberg.  

Dublin Day of Giving

Enzo

Enzo

The Dublin development office conducted its first Day of Giving on May 16th. The development office, joined by 15 engaged class agents and one exuberant dog named Enzo, went all in on a one-day electronic campaign of emails, Facebook and Instagram posts.

The results were stunning and deeply gratifying.

Dublin received more gifts than on any previous day in its history. 154 gifts ranging from $1 to $5000 were made by alumni, current and past parents and faculty, friends, grandparents, and even current students. 84 alumni made gifts including 18 who had never made a gift to the school before. The Class of 2004 led all alumni groups in terms of the total number of donations. It was exciting to see two of our newer alumni classes - the classes of 2013 and 2017 - coming in second and third in terms of participation.

A new phenomenon to us was the utilization of Venmo by many of our younger alumni to make a contribution. While most of our gifts in a normal year are made electronically through our website, 37 gifts (24%) were made through Venmo. Another 100 (65%) were made through the school website allowing 88% of gifts to be made electronically.

Comments on Venmo

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A donation in honor and recognition of Dublin's 84th year (85th according to J. Weis)!

...we love you Dublin!

Day of Giving (seems to be what all the cool kids are doing!)

Donation to my fav school…

Fer da fund.

Tell Brad I say hi!

Dublin School was an amazing place for me to begin my teaching career, and it provides its students with a meaningful and life changing educational experience.

Rallied the troops.

To the best school on earth!

An Amazing Mayfair Weekend - Recap

We just completed an amazing Mayfair Weekend. Maybe the most amazing ever...

Friday kicked off with Seniors who had done a year-long Senior Project sharing their work. The entire school spent the morning visiting each of the presenting Seniors to discuss their project in detail. The projects ranged near and far with students developing expertise in breadmaking, wedding photography, guitar case making, valuing corporate stocks, origami puppet making, ironworking, religion, making sneakers, creating a field guide to edible plants, music recording, scriptwriting, graphic design, and dance. The originality of the projects was complemented by intensive research and some stunning endproducts. Scattered around campus was also a curated collection of student art and woodworking projects.

Students exploring Emma Louise Williams amazing video dance installation.

Students exploring Emma Louise Williams amazing video dance installation.

In the early afternoon, the new Play Lab (a three semester Dublin class) students staged three short plays based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. The first Wittenberg, written by writer-in-residence Henry Walters, explored the class dynamics of a school for psychically gifted students. After a short intermission, Wittenberg was followed by two plays written entirely by the students: Hamlit or Griff & Griselda - a kind of upstairs/downstairs story of Hamlet's kitchen staff; and, Project Ghostcop: a Murder most Foul - a buddy cop story between a cop and a ghost involving police corruption and murder.

With only a few hours to recharge before the evening events, girls lax took on Putney instead, winning a competitive matchup.

The entire campus then took to the Whitney Gymnasium for our annual Spring Dance and Coffeehouse. The event showcased both experienced and new performers to the Dublin stage. Coffeehouse is always a fantastic evening as we often see an unexplored part of students talents - grabbing a guitar, belting out a tune and bringing huge smiles and cheers to parents and classmates alike. With over 23 different performances, the music and dancing went on until late in the night. Underclassmen had to be excused from curfew in order to see the whole spectacle!

The next morning began with the Senior class bejeweled with floral crowns and their most exotic finery dancing around the Maypole. Grady Allen shimmied up the pole for the customary photo op. Long tradition has it that the Junior class will steal the Maypole as soon as the dance ends - theoretically to avoid participating in the dance the following spring. However, the Seniors stole a march on the Juniors, taking the Maypole themselves before the Juniors could mount their charge. But the Junior class rallied, tracking down the thieves and swiping the 15-foot pole to hide it away.

Seniors post dance and pre-steal.

Seniors post dance and pre-steal.

The afternoon was then devoted to athletics with both the boys and girls tennis teams venturing off to the Lakes Region Varsity Championships - a first for both teams; girls lax facing off against Cushing Academy; and the boys staging the annual bragging rights Mike Walter Alumni Game against a motley crew of alumni and coaches.

The weekend ended with a dramatic performance of Stupid F**cking Bird - a contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, written by American playwright Aaron Posner. The performance was an entirely student-run production conceived of and directed by Junior Otto Vogel. It was a remarkable production showcasing the talents and personalities of a group of actors. Since this was a student production, the crew had to rehearse when they could within their already busy schedules. To accomplish what they did in their "extra" time is a testament to their dedication and love of the craft.

Mike Walter Alumni Game - May 18, 2019

Boys trounce Alumni team (and their coaches) for the fourth consecutive year. Was a time that Alumni would dominate this matchup. No more.