John T. Hoggard High School

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John T. Hoggard High School
4305 Shipyard Boulevard
Wilmington, North Carolina, 28403
United States
Coordinates 34°11′59″N 77°53′35″W / 34.1998°N 77.8930°W / 34.1998; -77.8930Coordinates: 34°11′59″N 77°53′35″W / 34.1998°N 77.8930°W / 34.1998; -77.8930
Type Public
Founded 1963
School district New Hanover County Schools
Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley
NCES School ID 370333001379[1]
Principal Dr. Steve Sullivan
Assistant principals Wanda Seed, Alan McNaughton, Dr. Maggie Rollison
Grades 912
Age 14 to 18
Enrollment 1,902 (2014)
Language English (ESL Available)
Color(s) Blue and White         
Mascot The Viking
Feeder schools Myrtle Grove Middle School, Roland Grise Middle School, Noble Middle School

John T. Hoggard High School is a public high school in the New Hanover County School System in Wilmington, North Carolina.


Dr. John T. Hoggard is the eponym for Hoggard High School. Dr. Hoggard had an active career in education, beginning with his election as Chairman of the New Hanover County (NC) Board of Education in 1935, and ending with his death in 1965. His private papers are kept in the Manuscript Collection at the University of North Carolina—Wilmington.[2]


Hoggard High School fields 25 varsity and junior varsity teams across 13 sports. All teams compete in the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference as part of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

The school mascot is the Viking, and the primary colors are blue and white.


The Hoggard football team won their eighth straight conference championship in 2009, led by Coach Scott Braswell. In 2007, the team won the NC state 4-A championship with an undefeated record. Hoggard played the championship game against Mount Tabor and defeated them by a score of 28-0.


John T. Hoggard High School is known in its immediate area for its strong academic programs. It offers fourteen Advanced Placement courses and a substantial number of honors classes. In its class of 2007, 67% of graduating students went on to four-year colleges, and another 29% went on to two-year colleges. 90% of the class took the SAT, and the average math score was 545, while the average critical reading score was 524.

The school also has arts, music, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that allow students to prepare for post-secondary study or careers in many areas of business, health care, architecture, engineering, culinary arts, horticulture.

In 2014 Hoggard ranked number 11 in the U.S. News & World Report magazine list of top high schools in North Carolina.[3]



The Voyagers are Hoggard's advanced choral ensemble. The Voyagers were established within the first year of Hoggard's existence and participate in numerous events, including The North Carolina Choral Festival, New Hanover County Best Foot Forward, and Chords for a Cause. The original Voyagers class were responsible for the composition of Hoggard's alma mater, to the tune of Eternal Father, Strong to Save.


The Hoggard Drama department is considered to be one of the best in the area. The drama teacher, Mrs. Allison Collins, has won numerous directing awards on the state and regional level of the North Carolina Theatre Conference, a statewide event. The Honors Theatre class is routinely honored at the North Carolina Theatre Conference as well for excellence in acting, directing, ensemble, and others.


  • Academic Tutoring Program
  • Art Club
  • Beach Volleyball Club
  • Beta Club Inductions
    • Junior Beta Club
    • Senior Beta Club
  • DECA
  • Drama Club
  • EC Buddies
  • Envirothon
  • Environmental Concerns Organization
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Fencing Club
  • French Club
  • FFA/Horticulture
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • G.A.P.P. Club
  • German Club
  • H.O.S.A.
  • International Youth Organization
  • Key Club
  • Latin Club (JCL)
  • Legacy Club
  • Marine Advanced Technology Ed. ROV Team
  • Math Team
  • National Art Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • National Technical Honor Society
  • Ocean Science Quiz Bowl Team
  • Order of the Viking
  • Photography CLub
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Science Olympiad
  • Skills USA
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Council
    • Senior Class
    • Junior Class & Prom Committee
    • Sophomore Class
    • Freshman Class
  • Thespians

Quiz Bowl[edit]

John T. Hoggard High School is known being one of the top Quiz Bowl teams in the state and for its sudden entrance in the Quiz Bowl circuit in 2007. After winning the State Championship of the Public Library Quiz Bowl the previous year, Hoggard made strong showings in its first few tournaments, placing in several, and eventually achieving a First Place victory at a 2008 tournament in Salisbury, NC that qualified the team for the NAQT tournament in Chicago. Due to lack of funding, the team was unable to attend, and instead participated in the PACE National Scholastic Championship, where it placed 33rd in the nation. In 2009, the Hoggard Quiz Bowl traveled to the PACE NSC National competition at George Mason University and, in their first tournament appearance of the year, claimed 34th place in the nation.[5] In 2010, after losing several key seniors, the team expected a rebuilding year with less success. However, despite continued financial struggles, Hoggard qualified for the PACE NSC for the third consecutive year. The team placed a respectable 42nd at the NSC.[6]

Science Olympiad[edit]

Hoggard's Science Olympiad team has had extremely good showings in recent years by achieving consistently in the top 4 overall in the state competition, having missed making it to the national level by one place in 2008 and 2009, and by two places in 2007. The Science Olympiad team is headed by Debra Ward, with help from other teachers from Hoggard's science department.

Notable people[edit]



  • John Rinka (born 1949) – teaches English; was a college basketball stand–out at Kenyon College from 1966–70 and scored over 3,000 career points[8]
  • Boubacar Aw – teaches in the Foreign Language department and is the girls basketball head coach. He was captain of the Georgetown University basketball team in 1998, played on several other national teams in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Italy, and Mexico, captained the Senegalese National Team that won the African Championship in 1997, and captained the Senegalese National team that competed in the World Championship in Greece, in 1998.[9]


  1. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for {{{school_name}}}". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved Apr 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ "MS037". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Greene, Jana Greene. "Hoggard named a top N.C. school". StarNews. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Hoggard Clubs & Organizations". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Quizbowl Resource Center". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Final 2010 PACE NSC Team Standings". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c John T Hoggard High School, Public School review.
  8. ^ "Scoring machine: Rinka didn't let small stature stop him from putting up big numbers". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Rendleman, John. "Boubacar Aw named Hoggard head coach". WWAY. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 

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