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Hyde School
Hyde School in Bath, Maine Logo.jpg
Bath, Maine
United States
Type Independent, private, boarding
Motto Be The Best Possible You
Established 1966 (1966)
Headmaster Laura Gauld
Faculty 34
Enrollment 170
Average class size 11
Student to teacher ratio 5:1
Campus Rural, 145 acres (59 ha)
Color(s) Blue and Gold
Athletics 10 Interscholastic sports
10 Interscholastic teams
Athletics conference NEPSAC
Mascot Wolfpack

Hyde School is an independent college preparatory school for grades 9-12/postgraduate located in Bath, Maine.


In 1966 Joe Gauld founded Hyde School in Bath, Maine.[1] A second boarding campus was established in 1996 in Woodstock, Connecticut. It was announced in January 2017 that the 127-acre Woodstock campus would be closed and sold to nearby Woodstock Academy for $14.25 million. (Worcester Telegram, 1/16/2016) [2]

Hyde School is an independent, college preparatory school with a focus on family-based character education.The school offers athletic programs in soccer, cross country, football, basketball, track and field, wrestling, lacrosse, swimming, dance, and tennis.[3] As part of the character-building curriculum, all students are required to participate in: academics, performing arts, athletics and community service.

Hyde’s 145 acre Bath, Maine campus includes a health center, bookstore, cafeteria, student center, playing fields, all-weather track, indoor tennis and basketball courts, and dormitories. There are running, bicycling, and cross-country skiing trails.The campus also includes a ropes course, recording studio, climbing wall, and ice skating ponds.[4]


On the Bath, ME campus, there are 5 dorms with extra living space if necessary. In the past couple of years, females have occupied Deck and Field house while the males stay in Brookhouse, Governor's Hall, and Emero House. These dorms house a variety of different numbers and each have unique features.[clarification needed]

Summer Leadership Challenge[edit]

Hyde School runs a program in July for students ages 13-18. The program takes place on the Bath, Maine campus and on Hyde’s Black Wilderness Preserve in Eustis, Maine.[5]

Alumni Hall of Honor:[edit]

The Hyde School Alumni Hall of Honor was established in 2016 as part of the school’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. It was founded to recognize and honor those Hyde Alumni who exemplify one or more of the 5 Words that are a hallmark of their Hyde education – Courage, Integrity, Leadership, Curiosity, Concern – in their professional and personal life.[6]

The 2016 inductees were:

  • Paul Hurd ’67 (posthumously) – the first candidate for admission interviewed at Hyde School in 1966. He spent decades as a master teacher to generations of Hyde students, where his government class was a rite of passage.
  • Nelson Arnstein ‘71 - the first Hyde alumnus to pursue a career in medicine, Nelson is a physician who serves as the Director of Nuclear Medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. He is also a marathon runner, a photographer, an astronomer, and maritime historian.
  • Joanne (Wingood) Goubourn ‘75 – Educator who was the leading force behind bringing the Hyde opportunity to under-served communities in America. She played a key role in establishing Hyde schools and affiliates in New Haven, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Washington DC, Prince George’s County (MD), Orlando FL, and other communities. Thousands of children and families, most of whom do not possess the means to access a Hyde boarding education, have been given the opportunity to develop their character and discover their own unique potential because of Joanne’s work.
  • Stuart Jones ‘78 - In 2014, Stuart Jones was sworn in as Ambassador to Iraq by U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry following confirmation. Stuart had previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
  • Beth Livingston ‘83 – An internationally recognized Paralympic athlete who competes in Nordic and Alpine skiing events around the world in addition to triathlons and other competitive and recreational sports. She is also a multi-media artist, her work in sculpture, sketching, and painting is critically acclaimed. Furthermore, Her “Kids at Art” curriculum is utilized by many schools and communities.
  • Jessica Jackson Sloan ‘01 - Jessica is a human rights attorney living in Mill Valley, California. She is nationally recognized for her efforts in support of prison reform and opposition to the death penalty. In 2013, Jessica was elected to the Mill Valley City Council becoming the youngest person ever elected to office in the county of Marin.

On June 2, 2018, Hyde inducted the second Hall of Honor class which includes:

  • James Irving ‘71 – Jim Irving spent four years at Hyde, arriving in 1967 and graduating in Hyde’s last all-boys class in 1971. Jim serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer of J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI), a diverse family owned company with operations in Canada and the United States.
  • Robert Irving ‘73– Robert Irving spent three years at Hyde, entering as a sophomore in the fall of 1970. Robert serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer of J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI). Founded in 1882, JDI’s 15,000+ employees are engaged in a spectrum of business segments, including forestry, construction, shipbuilding, transportation, and a range of consumer products.
  • James Grasty ‘73- Arriving at Hyde in 1970 as the first student from The Boy’s Club of New York, James Grasty distinguished himself in the classroom, on the athletic field (as captain and MVP of both basketball and track), as a musician (trumpet), and as a campus leader. James is Vice President & Asst. General Counsel at Merck, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
  • Al McLain ‘80- Al McClain is also a legend here at Hyde, known especially for his exploits on the basketball court where he led the blue & gold to our first New England prep championship. For decades, Al has been recognized throughout greater Boston as a committed advocate for and dedicated mentor of youth from all walks of life. Whether as a coach and director with various Boston youth organizations or as a community relations consultant to the Boston Celtics.
  • Lisa Geller ’93- Lisa Geller arrived at Hyde in 1990. Following her formal education, Lisa embarked on a promising career as an attorney. Just as this career was taking off, Lisa was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2010, causing her to take leave of her legal practice. In the midst of her journey with cancer, Lisa launched a blog titled “the whipped cream conundrum” where she shared her experiences for the benefit of anyone in the world facing cancer.
  • Shannon Curry ‘98- After beginning her Hyde education on the Bath campus, Shannon Curry joined a group of pioneering students who transferred to Woodstock in order to ensure dynamic leadership on our new campus in Connecticut. Shannon is a licensed clinical psychologist serving as Director of the Curry Psychology Group, a practice she founded out of a commitment to bring high-quality psychological services to any and all individuals, couples, and families seeking personal help.

Feature on 60 Minutes[edit]

In October of 1989 Hyde School was featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes. The feature was called “The Hyde Solution.” The 60 Minutes team came and filmed many interviews on campus, including speaking with Hyde School Founder Joseph Gauld, to highlight a school where students were asked to take a deeper look inside themselves. Hyde School was the first school to be founded on character development, and what the 60 Minutes team found, was that it worked. After the show aired, Hyde was flooded with so many applicants that they bought a second campus in Woodstock, CT in 1997.

Students Tripp Holton, Chris Gatty, Meg Young Yoder, Bob Felt, Robert King, and Jody Hinchman were all interviewed on the program. Today Tipp Holton is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Chris Gatty leads Human Resources for a fitness company in San Francisco. Meg Young Yoder is an Executive Assistant at the Denver School of Science and Technology. Bob Felt served as the Head of School at Hyde’s Woodstock campus and was also a professional lacrosse player for the Boston Blazers. Robert King is an independent multi-platformed journalist who has spent the past two decades photographing wars, revolutions, natural disasters, presidents, senators, military generals, members of the British Royal Family, celebrities, newsmakers, and many other defining moments from our shared history. Jodi Hinchman Calvi runs the Farm of Life Wellness Center in Costa Rica.[7]

Biggest Job Parenting Teens Podcast[edit]

Hyde School's Biggest Job Family Program publishes a weekly Parenting Teens podcast. Episodes include interviews with current and alumni families, educational consultants, authors, and other professionals on topics dealing with raising teenagers.[8]


  1. ^ "Hyde School | History". Hyde School. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  2. ^ MEGAN, KATHLEEN. "Woodstock Academy Plans To Purchase Hyde School With Federal Loan". Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Hyde School | Athletics". Hyde School. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  4. ^ "Hyde School | Campus". Hyde School. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  5. ^ "Hyde School - Summer Leadership Challenge". Hyde School. 
  6. ^ "Hyde School - 2016 Alumni Hall of Honor Inductees". Hyde School. 
  7. ^ "Hyde School - 60 Minutes". Hyde School. 
  8. ^ "Parenting Teens: The Biggest Job We'll Ever Have Podcast". 

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