Dale began in 1973 as a response to the growing numbers of day house boys. Field was the largest house in the summer of 1973, hence Dale opened that Michaelmas with 28 boys under Housemaster Derek Barker. The name derived from a need to be one syllable and to start with a letter not already in use by the other houses; the pastoral influence again guided the choice. The motto is rather apt considering the first Housemaster was Derek Barker, a physicist and Head of Science hence the motto Potentia Scientia, knowledge is power.


Housemasters from 1973 – 2019:
Derek A Barker 1973-1978
D.S. Macpherson 1978-1982
M.K. Paul 1982-1988
T.G. Odell 1988-2000
R.I. Kirby 2000-2002
N.P. Stokes 2002-2004
J.P. Watson 2004-2016
Ben Price 2016-present