Dublin School

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Dublin School
Dublin, New Hampshire
United States
Type Independent boarding / day
Motto Truth and Courage
Religious affiliation(s) No religious affiliation
Established 1935
Head of School Bradford Bates
Faculty 35
Enrollment 159
Average class size 8
Student to teacher ratio 1:6
Campus Rural
Mascot Wildcats

Coordinates: 42°54′31″N 72°03′48″W / 42.90861°N 72.06333°W / 42.90861; -72.06333

The Dublin School is a preparatory private high school with a student body of 159. It has grown from approximately 110 students in 2008. It is located in the United States in Dublin, New Hampshire, near Dublin Pond and Mount Monadnock. Of the 159 enrolled, approximately 80% are boarding students.[1]


Paul Lehmann founded the school in 1935,[1] after an extensive search for a high-elevation, lakeside location in southern New Hampshire. In the school's first year there were eight students and six faculty. Since 1935, the school has worked to provide students with a broad-based college preparatory education emphasizing community values and individual responsibility. All programs and endeavors seek to foster communal and individual responsibilities.

In 1983, Dublin began to host The Walden School,[2] a summer music school.

Bradford Bates is the current Head of School of Dublin School.[1][3][4]


Courses include chemistry, biology, marine biology, algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, statistics, Spanish, world history, American history, economics and English, various AP courses, and various electives in each category. When unable to find a desired course, students may start an "independent study".

In order to graduate, a student must have four English credits, a combined total of seven credits in mathematics and science (with at least three in science, and a credit in algebra II), two foreign language credits in the same language, one third credit in technology, two credits in art, music, or theater electives, and one credit in electives in English, mathematics, history, foreign language or the arts, with each elective worth 0.3 credits.

The requirements for an honors diploma are four English credits, eight credits in mathematics and science combined, three history credits (including U.S. history, combined with foreign language, for at least seven credits), three foreign language credits in the same language (or two years each of two different languages), one third credit in technology, or a satisfactory score on the Computer Competency Assessment test, and two credits in studio art, music or theater electives. In addition, "Students seeking the Honors Diploma must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 during their junior and senior years, with no individual course grade (trimester grade) lower than a “C” during the same two-year period, including trimester courses. All senior requirements for the regular Diploma also apply."[4] Dubin School also provides various extra-curricular activities including musicals, drama, orchestra and the other performing arts.


The school is located on over 400 acres (160 ha) with over 15 miles (24 km) of hiking trails. Dublin has seven dormitories: Monadnock House, Corner House, Hill House, Lehmann, Hoyt-Horner, Wing and Hollow, and New Dorm.

In addition to traditional classrooms, specialized facilities include the Fountain Arts Building with state of the art sound and light equipment and an outdoor performance space for spring concerts; Gillespie Hall, home to the Putnam Gallery, Spencer Student Center, and the Christopher R. Horgan Art Studio with dedicated space for advanced art portfolio students, and a high-tech computer lab for digital photography and filmmaking; the Perkin Observatory; a robotics labs and maker space; a music and recording studio; the Griffin Learning Center; and a Writers' Cottage.

Athletic facilities include two full size soccer/lacrosse fields; the Norm Wight Ski Hill with snowmaking, lift and lights; a Nordic ski complex with over 7.5 kilometres (4.7 mi) of fully homologated racing trails; the Whitney Gymnasium and health center with seasonal turf field; the Outdoor Center with ski building shop; an Adirondack-style boathouse (sailing) on Dublin Lake; the Christopher Horgan Tennis Center; and the Steele Family Boathouse (crew) on Thorndike Pond.[5]


Dublin School supports athletics teams in alpine skiing (co-ed), basketball (boys and girls teams), crew (boys and girls teams), cross country running (co-ed), Nordic skiing (co-ed), equestrian (co-ed), lacrosse (boys and girls teams), mountain biking (boys and girls divisions), sailing (co-ed), varsity soccer (boys and girls teams), snowboarding (co-ed), tennis (boys and girls teams), and ultimate frisbee (co-ed). The school has also entered teams into the Reach the Beach Race in NH since 2011.

Other extracurricular and co-curricular activities include dance, musicals, plays, jazz ensemble, Dubliners (choral ensemble), art portfolio, and various other Fine and Performing Arts activities.


  1. ^ a b c Joan Geary (14 February 2009). "Dublin School offers a unique education alternative". The Keene Sentinel. 
  2. ^ "About The Walden School". Retrieved 7 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Mix it up a motto of Dublin School's new headmaster". The Keene Sentinel. 6 August 2008. 
  4. ^ a b The Handbook For Students and Parents, Dublin School, 2009
  5. ^ http://www.dublinschool.org

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