Dan Houston


Χαῖρε, ἀσπάζομαι! I’m Dan Houston. I teach ancient Greek and Latin at Deerfield, coach wrestling, and supervise the speech and debate program.

My own journey to classics began in high school, when, guided by  a passionate teacher, I discovered the depth, beauty, and persistence of Greek and Latin literature. Inspired though I was, I didn’t study classics right away. I tried—and failed—to be a musician, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and narrowly escaped several desk jobs. Happily, I found my way back to classics, and I’ve been at it ever since.

Classics is, of course, a huge discipline, and we all have our specialties: mine is the history of Greek and Latin grammar and grammar texts. Ask me about it sometime; or don’t, if you’re in a hurry. I’m also inspired by Greek philosophy, Sanskrit grammar, and Indian literature and philosophy. I trained at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania’s Rare Book School, and I’ve held fellowships at the Walters Art Museum, the George Peabody Library, and the Library of Congress.

Before Deerfield, I taught at Johns Hopkins, Loyola University Maryland, Gilman School, and Cardigan Mountain School (where I also served as Director of Spiritual Life).

Here at DA, I live in Scaife II with my wife, Kellie (Assistant Director of the Annual Fund at DA), and our daughter, Evelyn. Oh, and our cats Dorian and Kelmscott and our lovable mutt Wyn.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Before they enter Deerfield, all new students are required to take a math placement test to determine an appropriate class. Students who have already taken a language they wish to continue studying at Deerfield will take a placement test to determine what level class they should take. If the placement in either department is deemed inappropriate after the student arrives, then the section teacher may suggest a change of level. Students may also request such a change and should consult with their teacher and their academic advisor before contacting the Dean of Studies.

Study abroad is available to all students from their sophomore to senior years, although typically students who choose to go abroad will do so during their junior year.

In order to garner Honors distinction a student must have a cumulative term average above 90.0%. High Honors requires an average of 93.0% or above. Exemplary students with a grade point average of 92.0 or higher may qualify for admission to the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society. 

Because of its commitment to rigorous academics, Deerfield offers a wide range of accelerated and Advanced Placement courses. All of Deerfield’s classes are appropriately challenging, but AP and accelerated courses provide an extra challenge for ambitious students.

All students are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of their time at Deerfield. After their first year students may choose a new advisor, or continue with their original one, depending on the relationships they have developed with Deerfield’s faculty. Advisors are responsible for submitting course requests and writing an advisor report every term. They are available for any questions a student may have and are involved in every major academic or athletic decision a student makes while at Deerfield. In addition, faculty eat lunch with their advisees every Thursday and may schedule outside events for their advisees. Advisors are a key component of the Deerfield experience, as they provide guidance and friendship to students throughout their time at Deerfield.

The Pursuit of Excellence Policy states that students may miss up to five class days a year if an unusual and extraordinary opportunity arises, including opportunities in a variety of academic, athletic, and artistic fields. The Academic Affairs Office determines the legitimacy of pursuit of excellence requests on a case-by-case basis.

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