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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  • Head CoachWrestling (Coed): Varsity


Frequently Asked Questions

Deerfield students are encouraged to step outside their comfort zone and try new experiences. If a student wishes to play a new sport, then they can participate in tryouts along with the other athletes, and will be placed according to their skill level. Most sports at Deerfield have multiple teams, so those new to a particular sport will usually have the opportunity to play at an appropriate level. Beginners should be sure to notify the coach if they require guidance in navigating a new sport.

Students are required to participate in a co-corricular each term. “Co-curriculars” do not necessarily have to be an interscholastic sport. Other options include community service, dance, theater, recreational sports, or even managing a sport. Additionally, students with talents in certain areas such as the arts may apply for a co-curricular exemption, in which they pursue their talent under the guidance of a Deerfield faculty member. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to participate in at least two terms of interscholastic athletics per year.

Varsity candidates will typically have preseason tryouts before school begins, and therefore should plan on arriving three or more days early. Coaches notify candidates during the summer if they should arrive early, and arrival dates are posted on the Deerfield Academy calendar.

Deerfield does provide laundry services for athletic clothing. Students should be aware that due to turnaround time they may want to have multiple sets of clothing to avoid any problems.

Each sport holds tryouts at the beginning of the season to determine appropriate placement for students trying out. Deerfield does its best to put all of its students in the position to succeed and grow as athletes, and these efforts are reflected in the composition of its teams.

All students, faculty, and staff can seek help from Deerfield’s skilled athletic training staff regardless of their involvement in Deerfield athletics.

Certain equipment, including game uniforms and practice clothing, is provided by the Athletic Stockroom. Some non-clothing items are also available for loan upon request, or available to purchase through the Athletic Store. Because each sport has varying equipment needs, students should be in touch with their coach or the stockroom staff when they arrive on campus. If students need to purchase athletic equipment or clothing not found in the Athletic Store or stockroom, they can usually find it at any one of several local retail stores.

Recreational sports are typically open to juniors and seniors as a co-curricular option, but some may allow underclassmen to participate with the coach’s permission.

The athletic facilities, including the gym, pool, tennis courts, and squash courts, are open to all students, faculty, and staff during their hours of operation. At the beginning of the year all students participate in an orientation that walks them through proper use of the fitness center, and all new students take a required swim test before they can use the pool. Hours for athletic facilities are posted online.

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Office West Gym
Mail PO Box 36
Deerfield, MA 01342