In 1966 Joe Gauld, a seasoned educator in traditional private schools, founded Hyde School after realizing that the singular focus on achievement in American education wouldn’t necessarily lead all students to reach their fullest potential and was even doing a disservice to some students. Gauld saw students with innate ability achieving high marks in classes and athletics but lacking integrity, genuine curiosity, and concern for their peers, and subsequently failing to thrive in life after college. Meanwhile, Gauld worked with other students embodying the effort, grit, honesty and work ethic necessary for success, who were at the time receiving below average marks, but he found were very successful in life after college.