Daniel P. Murphy
B.S., University of Maine Orono; M.A., Trinity College
Work Phone: 860-945-7719
Year Appointed: 2004
Dan, a ’93 graduate of the University of Maine, started his independent secondary boarding school career at his alma mater, The Gunnery ’89, where he worked in the admissions office, the classroom, the library, the dormitory and on the playing fields for two years. In the fall of 1997, he took advantage of an opportunity to become a full-time history teacher at Avon Old Farms School, where he taught four sections of history: two sections of United States History and two sections of Advanced Placement United States History. While at Avon, he also assumed many different athletic responsibilities. In the fall and spring seasons he served as the head coach of the cross-country team, was an assistant thirds' soccer coach, and assistant track coach. After six year at Avon Old Farms, Dan was hired to teach history and coach the varsity boys’ hockey team at Taft. Over the years at Taft he earned his master’s degree in history from Trinity College and has taught a wide variety of history courses ranging from Approaches to History to Advanced Placement United States History. In addition to his work in the classroom, he has served as the co-director of the residential life program and continues to work in the school’s admissions office. He is the head boys' varsity hockey coach and the junior varsity boys' golf coach. During his free time he loves to spend time with his wife Caroline and their two boys, Ryan and Liam, at their summer home on the southern coast of Maine.