There’s dramatic beauty that is apparent on your first visit to Dublin.
Our collective sense of place defines our community.
It’s the blending of a unique collection of qualities and characteristics – visual, cultural, academic, social, and environmental – that lend to the distinct sense of belonging that occurs at Dublin. But mostly, it’s our people.
Ask a Dublin student what they value most about their school and the likely response will be “the close relationships between faculty and students.” Ask a faculty member at Dublin what they value most about their school and the likely response will be “the close relationships between faculty and students.” This is the core of the Dublin School difference.
Students at Dublin experience the comfort of knowing that they are in a place where they are supported, encouraged, and heard. When they are presented with the opportunity to try something that may be new or challenging, they have the courage to take the leap and step outside of their comfort zone. This is the magic that happens at Dublin — and you can feel it each time a student gets up at morning meeting to perform a song for the first time; each time a student joins their first work gang and experiences the rewards of building something with their own hands; and each time a student tries a new sport and it becomes their passion.
Dublin students challenge themselves by trying new things in a safe and supportive environment. If you have the courage to try new things, you just might fall in love with them—and that is what Dublin is all about.
Some of the things we do.
It’s like orientation...but better. At the beginning of each school year, small groups of ten students and faculty spend three days camping together, intentionally starting the school year off with a shared and memorable common experience. From trips to New England state parks to more adventurous canoeing and hiking trips in the White Mountains, students make new friends and get to know teachers and fellow students they might not otherwise meet at the start of school.
Not your traditional sit-and-listen morning meeting, the Dublin community gathers five mornings a week to share what is on their mind, recite a poem, play an instrument, talk about current events, start a club, or talk about a recent game. It’s a great way for everyone in the community to start their day.
“It was fabulous. It was so fun. But excuse me –I need to go sleep for 12 hours,” was a common response from many of the Dublin School Reach the Beach participants.
Dublin assembles two teams of brave students, faculty, and staff to run over 400 miles across the state of New Hampshire in under 36 hours. Each year, our teams have included the youngest runners in this event. The event starts at Cannon Mountain in beautiful Franconia Notch State Park. From there, the course takes the teams through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, past fields, lakes, mountain top vistas, and the occasional covered bridge; ultimately finishing along the Atlantic coastline at Hampton Beach State Park NH.
You won’t get any warning about when Mountain Day will happen. But as soon as Mr. Bates rings the bell, the entire campus knows that Mountain Day has arrived! The Dublin campus sits just under the shadow of the 3,166 foot Mt. Monadnock, and the longtime tradition of Mountain Day was established to provide students with an opportunity to get outside and enjoy their natural surroundings. Yet, it has become more than that. It is a day to celebrate the spirit of our community, where no one is left behind, as we cheer and support each other in the climb to the top.
Right smack in the middle of winter, Dublin School faculty and students take time to celebrate the longest season. Costumed ski races, human bobsledding, a slightly scandalous lip-sync contest and various other fun and unique activities leave us feeling energized for the second half of winter.
Each year, we provide several opportunities for Dublin students to travel internationally in order to develop an understanding and appreciation for the global community. These trips offer an enriching balance between adventure, education and community service. Students return home with stories of their experience and a new, and often life-changing, perspective of humanity.
Recent trips have included Costa Rica, Himalyan India, China, Ancient Latin Civilization and Yeats' Ireland.
Mayfair, our traditional celebration of spring, provides an opportunity for students to take the stage for an outdoor coffee house experience, choreograph a dance to the year’s theme, play in home sporting events, and welcome parents back to campus for an informal parents’ weekend. The seniors make up the heart of the event and mark their coming together as a class by weaving their ribbons together around a Maypole (in outlandish costumes of course).
Mr. Lehmann, the founder of Dublin School, called Work Gang “the most important class in the school.” He felt that many of our students had grown up in areas where they constantly saw “Do Not Walk On The Grass” signs. Work Gang was designed to get them outside, learning a new skill, and working as a team. Today we have Work Gangs running our maple syrup operation; building bridges and trails for Nordic and alpine skiing, mountain biking, and running; bee keeping; organic gardening; recycling; splitting wood for people in town; and building lean-to’s.