DUBLIN — While most schools observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day off, for the past 15 years Dublin School has celebrated with a visit from students from the Trey Whitfield School of Brooklyn.
Dublin School is one of four New England schools upper classmen of the Trey Whitfield School students visited Monday.
At each school, the Trey Whitfield choir performed. The students also received tours of the private schools and had time for private interviews as perspective students.
Sitting in the audience at Dublin School Monday were Trey Whitfield alum and former choir members Tymira Holman, 16, of Queens, and Shaneil Wynter, 14, of Brooklyn.
"It was kind of a new experience sitting here on the sidelines not being on the stage," said Wynter, a Dublin School freshman this year.
Holman, a junior, said that although she had visited Dublin School several times, deciding to attend the boarding school was a huge leap. She thought she would be overwhelmed with homesickness, but soon felt the family atmosphere and love teachers and staff create at the school, she said.
"I'm glad I took the risk; it's a better learning experience. You have to take bigger responsibility to do your work, and it gets you ready for college."
Included in the tour of schools is Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, which the Trey Whitfield School's namesake attended.
Whitfield was born and raised in Brooklyn. In 1986, he received a full scholarship to Brewster Academy, where he was active in the theatre arts and was a member of the baseball and basketball teams. In his junior year, Trey led the Brewster basketball team to the New England State Championship. Then in 1989, a week before his graduation from the academy, he died in a boating accident.
Out of the tragedy, Trey's parents Janie and A.B. Whitfield founded the Trey Whitfield School with the mission of providing high quality and affordable education in Brooklyn for children from pre-school through grade 8.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a special day for the school since Trey was instrumental in organizing rallies as a student in New Hampshire, asking the state to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday.
Diversity was one of the missions Dublin School — a boarding and day school for grades 9 through 12 — was founded on in 1935.