‘That low man, goes on adding one to one, / His hundred’s soon hit:
This high man, aiming at a million, / Misses an unit.’
Robert Browning articulates the philosophy that we try to bring to bear in D Social nicely. Boys should strive to reach beyond what they might at first feel they are capable of. It is important that boys try their hand at a variety of what the College has to offer and also that their horizons stretch beyond the campus. D Social’s Shells’ commitment to the all-rounder ‘McPhail Trophy’ (which sees boys accumulate points for contributions in all walks of College life) is evident: they were winners in 2015 and 2017. Boys have the chance to participate in charity running events outside of College: the Oxford Town and Gown 10K and the Blenheim Half Marathon are both events boys attend each year. In 2015, D Social Sixth Form boys and dons successfully completed the National Three Peaks in under 24hrs; in 2017 we took to the Welsh ‘3000s’; and in 2018 we tackled the Ridgeway Relay. Charity work is important and is supported by our annual Garden Party: since the Social’s 24-hour Charity Challenge in 2011, boys have gone about fundraising with real dedication. D boys’ undertakings have ranged from swimming the Channel for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust to marching across Normandy laying crosses at the graves of Old Radleians in aid of Combat Stress.
D - the first boarding house to be built as a 'Social' where boys and staff form their own community - lies at the heart of College, on the beautiful Chapel Quad. Dining Hall is only a few metres away, as is Chapel, and we are next to Clocktower Court (the Coffee Shop). Unrivalled communal space on the ground floor alongside our astroturf ‘Patch’ cements the family feeling of the Social where all boys of all ages are involved. The garden's croquet lawn hosts particularly healthy competition on summer Saturdays alongside the BBQ. That boys in D pull together is best epitomized in their success in the past two College Steeplechase races, where every able-bodied member of Social gave their all around the muddied cross-country course to win the day. D are also proud to hold the Smale Casket, the whole-school academic competition which tots up distinctions, prizes and results across the year.