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Hyde School: A Cult to Shape Character as Well as Mind
« on: March 04, 2010, 05:28:20 PM »
With Larry Dubinsky still hanging around and an alleged gang rape on campus just three years ago, Hyde's public relations committee churns on...

Any comments ya can leave on the article would be much appreciated.
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A School to Shape Character as Well as Mind
By BRAD DRAZEN
Updated 8:15 AM EST, Thu, Feb 18, 2010



Hyde School in Woodstock molds teens by focusing on character before academic achievement. Getty Images

Conscience, leadership and integrity are words that have power. They are also the underpinnings of the Hyde School philosophy, developed four decades ago in rural Maine and played out every day on a campus in Woodstock.

At Hyde, they focus on who a student is more than what that student can do.

If a teen can improve his or her attitude, work ethic and character, academic achievement will follow, Executive Director Laura Gauld said.

"In fact, if you really want achievement, which is what we do, you can't make that your primary focus," Gauld said.

Hyde employs the same character-focused approach at two boarding schools -- the other is in Bath, Maine -- as well as public schools in New Haven and Washington D.C. The Hyde student does everything: college academics, performing arts and three seasons of athletics, regardless of what they did before they arrived in Woodstock.

"It could be that kid that's struggling in school, but it also could be that sibling who's doing everything right, but maybe doesn't have that authentic self-confidence," Gauld, a Hyde graduate herself, said.

Simi Deangelis, a senior, said the Hyde experience has pulled her out of a lifelong shell.

"I speak my mind and I'm more bold and stand up for what I believe in instead of for what people want me to," the 17-year-old Texan said.

Will Sobo, who is also a senior, was attending Xaverian Brothers High School in suburban Boston before he made the change to the Connecticut boarding school. The immersion in Woodstock has revived his once-bleak future, he said.

"Honestly, getting to college wouldn't have been a reality. They really push the limits of your character (at Hyde). A lot of kids come in here, including myself, whose character was shaky," Sobo said. "It's not always easy and it's not always fun, but I'm happy that I came here."

There's a strong family component to the Hyde philosophy as well. Will's father Bill knew he would be part of the process, but says he wasn't truly prepared for the rigors of the program.

"We didn't understand the the depth and breadth of the requirement, but it's been really good," the elder Sobo said. "It's a been a huge growth experience for us as parents."

First Published: Feb 17, 2010 11:27 AM EST


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Edited: Wednesday, October 06, 2010
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Larry Dubinsky
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2010, 03:03:36 PM »
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I thought Larry Dubinsky was dismissed in 1976 and did not associate with Hyde anymore.
You might be thinking of Robert Thurrell, another of Hyde's perps... I admit, it's hard to keep track of all of them!

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In 1976, Larry Dubinsky was still a student at Hyde. He's one of a large number of folk that, for reasons certainly worth speculating about, never quite left.

In the early 2000's, Hyde School was sued by a student's parent(s) re. Dubinsky's alleged and continued sexual molestation of their daughter. Despite being presented with repeated complaints, Hyde did very little, essentially nothing, to address the issue.

Larry Dubinsky's wife, Donna Dubinsky (also a former Hyde student), still teaches at Hyde. Moreover, his kids go there. In fact, one of them is even featured in at least one of Hyde's recent promotional videos.

See also:

  • several posts detailing specifics re. the aforementioned case, starting
    here.
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from the legal complaint against Hyde School and Larry Dubin
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2010, 05:13:32 PM »
Some material excerpted from legal docs (see also 2nd link in my previous post):

    7. For several years prior to and including the events described hereinafter, the defendant, through its administrators and officials, had actual knowledge that Dubinsky was subjecting the female students at Hyde School to sexual harassment which included inappropriate touching, staring, and comments. Despite such actual knowledge, the defendant retained Dubinsky  on its faculty and permitted him to continue to have daily, direct and unsupervised contact with the adolescent female students at the school, including the plaintiff.[/list]
      8. During the second week of July, 2001, at the school, Dubinsky initiated a "role-playing" incident with the plaintiff in the course of which he insisted upon having full body contact with the plaintiff, repeatedly and over her objection, while making lewd and inappropriate comments to her which included the phrase "fucking pussy".[/list]
        9. On August 1, 2001, while instructing a dance routine in which the plaintiff was involved, Dubinsky required the plaintiff to be his partner and to dance with him. He required her to bend down in front of him, then lifted her, raised her blouse, felt around her body for her hips and placed his hands on her hips. When the plaintiff objected and moved away from him, he attempted to coerce her into continuing.[/list]
          10. When the plaintiff complained to the defendants administrators about the aforesaid misconduct, she was summoned to a meeting at which she was required to meet with Dubinsky and was criticized by administrators for not wanting to look at Dubinsky during the meeting. The following day, she was summoned to yet another meeting with administrators, which the administrators concealed from her parents. When school officials were informed in September of 2001 that the plaintiff was suffering from recurring nightmares regarding Dubinsky, a faculty member falsely accused the plaintiff of flirting with another male teacher. Her mother's pleas to the defendant's highest administrators that Dubinsky be kept away from the plaintiff and not allowed on school grounds were rejected. In February of 2002, the plaintiff was required to serve as a waitress at a party given the defendant's headmaster at which other under-age students were required to serve alcoholic beverages. Dubinsky was an invited guest at that party.[/list]
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          Re: Hyde School: A Cult to Shape Character as Well as Mind
          « Reply #5 on: March 24, 2010, 04:21:45 PM »
          Here is the NBC local news video coverage that originally accompanied the article in the OP:

          http://vimeo.com/9733160
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          Comments: "A School to Shape Character as Well as Mind"
          « Reply #6 on: August 26, 2011, 11:19:45 AM »
          Comments left for the above article in the OP, "A School to Shape Character as Well as Mind" (by Brad Drazen; Feb. 18, 2010; NBC Connecticut - News/Local Beat):


          anonymous 7:52 PM, 2.28.10
            Pity that Hyde School administrators do not heed those 5 words themselves. "Integrity," apparently, is something only the paying clientele must learn.
          anonymous 7:57 AM, 3.1.10
            This article saddens me as someone who went to Hyde Schools. Hyde Schools is nothing more than a Cult that tries to recruit well to do parents who are desperate. All of the family weekends focus on fundraising and our government is helping to support the Guald family by allowing them to open up charter schools which we the taxpayers foot the bill.

            You can read many of the catastrophies that have happened at Hyde on some of the websites that cater to abusive boarding schools and wilderness programs. Hyde is right up there with the worst of them only Hyde is very successful at marketing themselves and has pulled the wool over our government.
          anonymous 2:02 PM, 3.4.10
            Too many sexual assaults at this place. And Hyde doesn't think it's responsible.
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          What The Fuck Is This Shit?
          « Reply #7 on: August 26, 2011, 09:16:45 PM »
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          What The Fuck Is This Shit?

          Postby Ursus Yesterday, 10:09 pm
          Green eggs and green spam. Must be St. Paddy's Day.

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          [ Yo, the devil got me tonight! :D ]

          I was wondering Ursus how it feels to waltz into a thread and shit all over it. I guess old behaviors are hard to let go of, aye.
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          Re: Hyde School: A Cult to Shape Character as Well as Mind
          « Reply #8 on: August 26, 2011, 10:42:47 PM »
          Wrong thread?
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          Re: What The Fuck Is This Shit?
          « Reply #9 on: August 27, 2011, 12:53:05 AM »
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          What The Fuck Is This Shit?

          Postby Ursus Yesterday, 10:09 pm
          Green eggs and green spam. Must be St. Paddy's Day.

          :shamrock: :shamrock: :shamrock: :shamrock: :shamrock: :shamrock: :shamrock: :shamrock: :shamrock: :shamrock:


          [ Yo, the devil got me tonight! :D ]
          I was wondering Ursus how it feels to waltz into a thread and shit all over it. I guess old behaviors are hard to let go of, aye.
          Jeeez, Danny, ya can't take a lil joke?

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          Wrong thread?
          Long story. One that Danny has taken great pains to delete. Along with, if my memory serves me correctly, quite possibly thousands of shamrocks.

          But, since my intention had never been to engage in fecal maneuvers, just merely a friendly nudge in the ribs, I'll leave it to Danny to tell that tale...
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          Re: Comments: "A School to Shape Character as Well as Mind"
          « Reply #10 on: November 18, 2011, 12:59:27 PM »
          Quote from: "Ursus"
          Comments left for the above article in the OP, "A School to Shape Character as Well as Mind" (by Brad Drazen; Feb. 18, 2010; NBC Connecticut - News/Local Beat):


          anonymous 7:52 PM, 2.28.10
            Pity that Hyde School administrators do not heed those 5 words themselves. "Integrity," apparently, is something only the paying clientele must learn.
          anonymous 7:57 AM, 3.1.10
            This article saddens me as someone who went to Hyde Schools. Hyde Schools is nothing more than a Cult that tries to recruit well to do parents who are desperate. All of the family weekends focus on fundraising and our government is helping to support the Guald family by allowing them to open up charter schools which we the taxpayers foot the bill.

            You can read many of the catastrophies that have happened at Hyde on some of the websites that cater to abusive boarding schools and wilderness programs. Hyde is right up there with the worst of them only Hyde is very successful at marketing themselves and has pulled the wool over our government.
          anonymous 2:02 PM, 3.4.10
            Too many sexual assaults at this place. And Hyde doesn't think it's responsible.
          viewtopic.php?f=43&t=22969[/list]


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          Interestingly enough, despite this article's continued accessibility on NBC Connecticut's website (unlike most of their articles which quickly sink into the pay-per-view archives), all of the above comments have been removed. Gee, I wonder whether someone at Hyde complained? :eek:

          Perhaps those comments struck a lil close to home, given what's been in the news of late. The "character culture" that Hyde School dishes out as part of its curriculum of behavior modification ... seems to have quite a lot in common with the one that enabled Penn State's Jerry Sandusky to continue his molestations of juveniles, for as long as he did.
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          Re: Hyde School: A Cult to Shape Character as Well as Mind
          « Reply #11 on: June 01, 2021, 03:02:39 AM »
          In case you couldn't read what Ursus wrote above regarding Larry Dubinsky, former dean of students and his alleged sexual misconduct, (Hyde settled and paid the Hiler family) and "star" of Hiler v Hyde, here are the links to the summary: https://ia800202.us.archive.org/2/items/gov.uscourts.ctd.18684/gov.uscourts.ctd.18684.docket.html and https://www.plainsite.org/dockets/1e0g0oy6/connecticut-district-court/hiler-v-hyde-school/ and here is what Ursus transcribed from photos of the case into text:

          UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
          DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT

          L. HILER VS. HYDE SCHOOL AT WOODSTOCK
          CIVIL ACTION NO.
          MARCH 5, 2002

          COMPLAINT

          1.  This is an action by a female student against a private school which, upon information and belief, is the recipient of federal funds, for tolerating and encouraging a pattern of sexual misconduct directed against her and other female students by a male faulty member, over a long period of time.

          2.  Jurisdiction of this court is invoked under the provisions of Sections 1331, 1343(3) and 1367(a) of Title 28 of the United States Code and this court's supplementary and diversity jurisdiction over the plaintiff's causes of action under state law.

          3.  The plaintiff is an adult female citizen of the State of XXXXX.  She was born on XXX and at all times mentioned herein was an out-of-state student at the defendant's school in Woodstock, Connecticut.

          4.  The defendant is a private school located in Woodstock, Connecticut.  Upon information and belief, the defendant receives federal financial assistance for the operation of its educational and related programs.

          5.  The amount at issue in this case is greater than seventy-five thousand dollars, exclusive of interest and costs.

          6.  In 2001, and for several years prior thereto, the defendant employed at its school in Woodstock an adult male teacher by the name of Larry Dubinsky.  At all times mentioned herein, said Dubinsky was acting as the agent, servant, and employee of the defendant, within the scope of his employment and agency, and for the defendant's financial benefit.

          7.  For several years prior to and including the events described hereinafter, the defendant, through its administrators and officials, had actual knowledge that Dubinsky  was subjecting the female students at Hyde School to sexual harassment which included inappropriate touching, staring, and comments.  Despite such actual knowledge, the defendant retained Dubinsky on its faculty and permitted him to continue to have daily, direct and unsupervised contact with the adolescent female students at the school, including the plaintiff.

          8.  During the second week of July, 2001, at the school, Dubinsky initiated a "role-playing" incident with the plaintiff in the course of which he insisted upon having full body contact with the plaintiff, repeatedly and over her objection, while making lewd and inappropriate comments to her which included the phrase "fucking pussy".

          9.  On August 1, 2001, while instructing a dance routine in which the plaintiff was involved, Dubinsky required the plaintiff to be his partner and to dance with him.  He required her to bend down in front of him, then lifted her, raised her blouse, felt around her body for her hips and placed his hands on her hips.  When the plaintiff objected and moved away from him, he attempted to coerce her into continuing.

          10.  When the plaintiff complained to the defendants administrators about the aforesaid misconduct, she was summoned to a meeting at which she was required to meet with Dubinsky and was criticized by administrators for not wanting to look at Dubinsky during the meeting.  The following day, she was summoned to yet another meeting with administrators, which the administrators concealed from her parents.  When school officials were informed in September of 2001 that the plaintiff was suffering from recurring nightmares regarding Dubinsky, a faculty member falsely accused the plaintiff of flirting with another male teacher.  Her mother's pleas to the defendant's highest administrators that Dubinsky be kept away from the plaintiff and not allowed on school grounds were rejected.  In February of 2002, the plaintiff was required to serve as a waitress at a party given by the defendant's headmaster at which other under-age students were required to serve alcoholic beverages.  Dubinsky was an invited guest at that party.

          11.  In the manner described above, the defendant has, on the basis of the plaintiff's sex, excluded her from participation in, denied her the benefits of, and/or subjected her to discrimination under an education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance in violation of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sections 1681 - 1688 of Title 20 of the United States Code.

          12.  In the manner described above, the defendant through its aforesaid agent subjected the plaintiff to assault and battery on each of the two separate occasions described above, in violation of Connecticut state law.

          13.  The conduct of the defendant and its agent described above was extreme and outrageous and was carried out with the knowledge that it probably would cause the plaintiff to suffer emotional distress.

          14.  In the manner described above, the defendant further acted in negligent disregard  of the probability that its conduct would cause the plaintiff, like any person of ordinary sensibilities similarly situated, to suffer emotional distress so severe that physical illness could result.

          15.  As a direct and proximate result of the acts and omissions of the defendant described above, the plaintiff has suffered severe emotional distress.

          WHEREFORE, the plaintiff claims judgment against the defendant for compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney fees and costs.

          CLAIM FOR JURY TRIAL
          The plaintiff claims trial by jury.

          THE PLAINTIFF

          BY:______________
          JOHN R. WILLIAMS
          Federal Bar No. ct00215
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