John T. Hoggard High School

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John T. Hoggard High School
John T Hoggard High School 2.jpg
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 1967
School district New Hanover County Schools
Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley
CEEB code 344348
NCES School ID 370333001379[1]
Principal Dr. Steve Sullivan
Vice Principals Wanda Seed, Mellissa Gillespie, Kristi Brown, Paul Haas
Grades 912
Age 14 to 18
Enrollment 1,869 (2016)
Language English (ESL Available)
Color(s) blue and white         
Mascot a Viking
Average SAT scores (2015) 1069
Average ACT scores (2015) 21.4
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]


Gym (under renovation) at the front of Hoggard campus

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]


Sign at the main entrance to Hoggard


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 one of the school's most notable programs. 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 as for excellence in acting, directing, ensemble, and others.

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[7]
  • 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.[8]


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