Teacher Profile: David Hogue

From Issue 3


Mr. David Hogue teaches all levels of Latin courses that are offered at Jackson Prep. He is in his eleventh year at Prep and also sponsors the Junior Classical League (JCL). Hogue is considered by his students as very laid back and is seen as a mellow teacher.

Hogue is from the small, rural town of Tensas Parish, Louisiana, which is full of cotton fields and woods. He has fond memories of driving past the Mississippi River on his family’s land to build campfires on the sandbars. Tensas Academy was a small private school that Hogue attended, and his graduating class only had fourteen students. As a high school track athlete, Hogue remembers coming to the state track at Jackson Prep and was impressed with the size of the school and the quality of track and weight room.

His mother is originally from Jackson and his father is from Tensas Parish. He was one of eleven children and was the second youngest in the family. His household life could be very chaotic at times. Reading was a way for Hogue to have down time by himself. Speaking on his family life, Hogue said that, “ Since I was almost the youngest, my house started looking more and more normal as the older siblings left to go to college. Eventually, I had my own room.”

Hogue met his wife while working weekends at Twin Lakes Conference Center and has been married for nine years. The Hogue family is a member of Redeemer Church, PCA. They have three boys, David (6), Judah (4), and John Micah (1). They have a nine-year-old lab named Cora.

Hogue graduated from Louisiana State University with degrees in Latin and Greek and did his postgraduate work at the University of Florida in Latin. Latin is his favorite subject, but he also loves Western civilization. He loves to spend his free time reading and watching Netflix shows that are based on science fiction and British mysteries. He also enjoys swimming for exercise and entertainment.

Hogue looks up to C.S. Lewis because Lewis made him want to get into academia. His favorite book is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which was written by C.S. Lewis. He likes to listen to Pandora and listens to the bands Mumford and Sons, Eisley, Lumineers, and Regina Spekter. Some of Hogue’s favorite movies include Princess Bride, the Mission, Chariots of Fire, Gosford Park, the Godfather I, II, and III, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Empire Strikes Back.

Star Trek (TNG), Firefly, Sherlock, Foyle’s War, Battlestar Galactica, and Longmire are some of Hogue’s favorite TV shows. His list of favorite actors include Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Paul Giamatti, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Crawfish is the favorite food of Hogue and he is also fond of crawfish pasta. His favorite vacation is going to the beach and sitting on a patio at night while he listens to the waves of the ocean. However, skiing in Colorado would be a close second.

Questions and Answers

Where do you see yourself in twenty years?

“Who really knows? Hopefully travelling to Europe, spending a lot more time with my wife now that the kids are off in college, and drinking a lot more coffee with friends.”

What is your hidden talent?

“Telling stories.”

What is your greatest accomplishment?

“I would like to say that my greatest accomplishment is relational. If I can be a good husband, father, and friend, I think that will be my most significant accomplishment.”

Where do you see America in 75 years?

“I think the US will still be the superpower of the world. It will be a lot more diverse and probably more socialist when it comes to healthcare, work benefits, and poverty alleviation. Christianity will be less married to the Republican party and more focused on its mission to society. And hopefully, we will have a lot more trains. Flying cars wouldn’t be bad either.”

Do you believe in space aliens, if so where are they living?

“As much as I like science fiction, I’m not too optimistic that there are other races out there, but who knows? People used to think that no one lived on the bottom half of the globe.”