Featured Alumni & HAPA

Dexter Lockhart Jenks ’10, “Hyde shows itself most in my work ethic”

Dexter Jenks

We caught up with Hyde-Bath alumnus Dexter Lockhart Jenks ’10 from Gorham, Maine. After having discovered his unique potential for singing and songwriting at Hyde, he is now pursuing a career in the creative industries. We asked him our usual four questions:

Describe your career path.

I graduated from the College of Charleston in 2014 with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance. I have been part of a touring rock band called South Street since I attended college. We have toured venues along the east coast as well as the US Virgin Islands. I will be moving to NYC to pursue a career in modeling, using this as a means to an end, the end being music, as always.

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?

Hyde shows itself most in my work ethic. Time and time again, I walk into a room as the least experienced and least talented person. However, my work ethic that I achieved at Hyde has allowed me to keep up with and even surpass those around me. I let people see me struggle until I let them see me succeed.

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?

Casey Mercer will always hold a place in my heart. She was my Spanish teacher and Discovery Group Leader. She arrived at Hyde the same year I did, and I watched her face her own life obstacles with and open and eager heart, which inspired me to follow in a similar fashion.

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?

High School is definitely not the pinnacle of your time on this earth. Don’t take yourself so seriously, and listen to those with more experience, A.K.A. your elders.

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Howie Kleinberg ’94, BBQ Master On Taking Risks

Howie Kleinberg '94

We caught up with alumnus Howard “Howie” Kleinberg ’94,  in North Miami, Florida. A Bath, Maine graduate, you can now find Howie serving up mouthwatering dishes that have been featured on popular reality TV shows. We asked him our four questions:

Describe your career path.

I opened my restaurant, Bulldog BBQ in 2008, and I’ve been a contestant on Top Chef and BBQ Pit Masters.

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?

Leadership sticks out to me the most when I think about the words and principles of Hyde, especially in my line of business. I need to be a model for others and I embrace the “put up or shut up” motto. I want to get the best out of others, professionally speaking. There are times that I have to take a leap of faith and give the benefit of the doubt.

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?

Gary Kent, Jeff Kent, and Don MacMillan were huge influences on me. They gave me the quintessential “bear hug and kick in the pants.”

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?

Don’t be afraid to try new things, take risks or make mistakes. These challenges teach you that you can do anything.

You can also read an interview with Howie on the Huffington Post.

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Richard Truluck ’88: “Let Go Of Preconceived Notions Of Who You Are”

Richard Truluck '88
Richard Truluck ’88, always happiest on an adventure

We caught up with Richard K. Truluck, a member of the Hyde-alumni class of 1988. Originally from Colombia, South Carolina, Rich now resides in Bath, Maine with his wife and daughters on the Hyde-Bath campus.

Describe your career path.

I attended Lewis & Clark College, majoring in psychology. I currently reside in Bath, Maine as the Associate Head of School. I was involved in the Hyde Wilderness Program, which led me to becoming the Director of Admissions, Dean of Students, Executive Director of Enrollment, Assistant Head of School, and here I am now as Associate Head of School. I am also a science teacher, a football coach, and a women’s lacrosse coach here at Hyde.

Which word or principle has stayed with you the most?

Integrity, it represents being who you are, being yourself, and being authentic.

Which teacher(s) had a particular impact?

Gary Kent was my coach, teacher, and dorm parent. He got more out of me than anyone else. He wrote my college recommendation, and as a peer, he was a mentor who taught me how to work with students.

Paul Hurd was my teacher, and he was always determined to find the truth. As a peer, he had so much wisdom to share.

What advice might you give to a Hyde student?

Let go of preconceived notions of who you are. Experience your best in many areas.

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